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Coyotes in the Western Suburbs Get More Aggressive?

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that a pack broke a door trying to get at dogs in suburban Riverside.

Have you heard that eerie howl or scream in the night? It's likely a coyote. It could be digging into your garbage or on the prowl for easy prey.

But while they are not aggressive towards people, they can go after small animals, especially if food is scarce. That seems to be exactly what happened in Riverside, a western suburb of Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that a pack broke an exterior door of a residence while chasing down a dog that had been outside.

Riverside Police Sgt Bill Guts chick said in the Sun-Times story "in his 25 years on duty, this was the first time he’s heard of coyotes trying to get into a home while chasing a pet."

In October we compiled a map of places you had seen the coyotes in our area. Readers continued to post comments for week, updating their fellow neighbors on the most recent sightings.

Here's how to avoid attracting coyotes to your property: Police Offer Tips for Keeping Coyotes Away

If a coyote is acting in a threatening manner in Downers Grove, call 9-1-1 or contact the Willowbrook Wildlife Center’s 24-hour automated phone line for advice at 630-942-6200.

Have you spotted a coyote recently? Let us know in the comments. 

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Tom January 28, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Saw a large coyote in the Farmingdale Terrace subdivision 2 wks ago. 10:30 at night near intersection of Walnut & Hayenga. He was large...easily 50-60 lbs.
Richard P. Boyce January 28, 2013 at 02:15 PM
I saw a coyote run across our street headed north at 10:45 on Saturday morning, January 26. The coyote crossed my street, Old Orchard Ave., about 150 feet from where I was standing on my driveway. At least one other neighbor also saw the animal.
Rich Brandeis January 28, 2013 at 03:41 PM
I am tired of our municipal officials washing their hands of this problem and telling us there is nothing we can do. Will it take someone losing a small child before the alarm sounds? Losing a loved pet is bad enough. Maybe we homeowners need to take this into our own hands, like in the Old West.
Ralph McBride January 28, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Hello, Here in northwestern Lombard coyotes have been coming around a lot and there is one that has gotten pretty bold and came near our back door a couple of times. We hear them howl at night.
Mary Ann Schart January 28, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Mary Ann 9:50 am on Monday, January 28, 2013 Saw a large coyote about 2 weeks ago standing in the middle of the intersection of Palmer Street and Terrace Drive, a block from Downers South High School. Called DG police to see if they were tracking coyotes and was told "no".
goddess January 28, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Not agressive towards people? For how long? Two coyotes stalked a neighbors girl while she was walking her dog. I'm sure they were interested in her dog, but that was not safe for her. Thankfully another neighbor saw what was going on and scared them off.
maureen carlson January 28, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Use the some good judgment. Treat them as you would any wild animal keep your distance never try to corner,approach,pet, or feed any wild animal. If you feel you are at a higher risk due to small pets or children carry a whistle when you go out walking(I do anyway for security) for the most part a Coyote is more afraid of you. most importantly we all need to make sure our Garbage is secured and that they cannot get into it. The main reason they venture into our neighborhoods is for easy food. The only times I have seen them in my Long meadow Subdivision has been on garbage night and as soon as it heard me coming he took off like a flash. I am more concerned about the threat of all the skunks than the coyotes.
Judy Torres January 28, 2013 at 05:33 PM
I saw 3 coyotes last week. One was crossing Maple at Springside about 7:30 am. I saw another one shortly after that around 7:40 am crossing Walnut north of Hitchcock. I saw the 3rd one at 61st and Dunham at 1:00 pm on Saturday.
Kelly January 28, 2013 at 05:38 PM
The most important thing with coyotes is do not feed them! So by hand or by garbage, they will come back if feed. I lived in Orange County, Ca for 8 years with coyotes as a weekly and often daily occurence. No one was ever injured, just smaller pets. I used to carry a whistle or airhorn when walking my dog and never had a problem. As for young children - they should not be playing alone in your yard anyway, it's not 1950 anymore.
Kelly January 28, 2013 at 05:41 PM
It only takes one goif who thinks it is okay or fun to feed them and there will be a tragic bite, otherwise I believe shooting them is illegal unless they enter your house as you cannot discharge a firearm in DG.
Mary Ann Schart January 28, 2013 at 06:09 PM
I failed to mention in my earlier post that I saw the coyote in the middle of the day and that there is a elementary school very close. A crossing guard is posted at Dunham and Palmer. Let's hope the crossing guards know how to scare them away.
goddess January 28, 2013 at 06:16 PM
The problem is that they are no longer afraid of us. We have neighbors who feed them and there's no stopping it. They don't run when yelled at. One took a neighbors dog that was 10 ft away from him. No way they should feel comfortable getting that close.
Cherie Spinosa January 28, 2013 at 07:23 PM
We had no problems for 6 years, until last year when they regularly visited our yard all winter. We have two large dogs and at one point two coyotes were stalking them from 20 ft, unfazed by the dogs fierce barking. We've seen them twice in our yard this month, and we've called the village, police, willowbrook wildlife center, trappers. No one can do anything except give you advice on not attracting them. We keep an air horn by our back door as this does scare them off. We are very frustrated with the situation. We shouldn't have to live in fear here of an animal that could harm a small child or a big dog.
Shannon January 28, 2013 at 07:30 PM
I completely agree with you, Rich.
Ray January 28, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Word gets around. These varmints heard that there might be more chickens in the area in the near future and moved in, in anticipation of the poultry proliferation.
stef January 28, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Good point Ray. Never thought about that! Definitely don't want chickens in people's yards because many people cannot even take care of their dogs/cats properly. But now the thought of the chickens attracting the coyotes....no no no!
Jan January 28, 2013 at 08:25 PM
There are always coyotes in Spring Park at 65th and Lyman. Last winter our 75-lb Boxer got out and ran down the path behind our house. When I got there with her leash, five coyotes had surrounded her. One was in my back yard yesterday morning at about 9:30 a.m. Jan
Kevin Cook January 28, 2013 at 09:02 PM
I've seen coyotes on 2 separate occasions in my back yard in Orchard Brook at the corner of Saratoga and Brookside. We have a neighbor who thinks it more important to feed a stray cat !!! Anyone know if there is anything I can do about this ??
Maureen January 28, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Report the neighbors.
Pam January 28, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Seems to me people are causing the problems. You need to scare away the coyotes so they stay afraid of humans. Don't feed them. There's plenty of food out there for them. Pay attention and don't leave your dogs alone. This becomes easy prey. Scare them away!
Maureen January 29, 2013 at 02:18 AM
The link in the article doesn't give too much information about keeping coyotes off of your property. There is a much better write up on the Willowbrook Wildlife Center's website that gives deterrant instructions-http://willowbrookwildlife.com/GuidesDetail.asp?id=9 I found the fact that there are 900 dog bites reported annually in DuPage interesting. I have not heard anyone call for trapping and shooting the neighborhood dogs when they seem to be a bigger threat to our safety. The hysteria surrounding coyotes baffles me sometimes. There is also an ordinance in Downers Grove that prohibits feeding wildlife if your neighbors don't have any common sense.
Carol Gockman January 29, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Two months ago, a coyote approach my small dog on my front lawn at Saratoga and 39th. Lucky I was very close and heard my dog growling as mean as he could (he's a little guy). Lucky I was nearby and had heard about the coyotes in our area. I made a loud noise but the coyote only moved a few yards away as if waiting to see if I would leave. Now I always have my eyes on my dog! Also I have heard of sightings from fellow dog walkers and have seen bits of rabbit scattered here and there.
goddess January 29, 2013 at 03:02 PM
To who? They'll deny it. They have woods behind their house where they feed them.
Ann Kerbs January 29, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Exactly. If you heard the way my neighbors dogs go nuts when a dog walker is on our block, you'd be a lot more worried about the dogs than the coyotes. They sound like they're ready to rip someone apart. It's alarmed guests to my home more than once. At least with a coyote you can scare them away. And definitely report anyone who feeds them to the village. People who do this are irresponsible and should be cited and fined.
Kelly January 31, 2013 at 12:02 AM
The neighbors feeding them must be reported to police, the village, the county. They are making it dangerous for themselves and the rest of us. Maybe there is an ordinance like littering or some such that they could be fined with.
Kelly January 31, 2013 at 12:04 AM
This is actually a good point. Chickens will attract them. But so do ground hogs. I have a ground hog under the porch and the foxes and coyotes are always hanging around in spring and summer when she is out and about.
Kelly January 31, 2013 at 12:06 AM
There is an ordinance in Downers Grove that prohibits feeding wildlife. Call the Village Hall.
Kelly January 31, 2013 at 12:07 AM
Coyotes are excellent rabbit control!

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