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In DuPage County, living with coyotes comes with the territory. More than likely, you have spotted a few around town, like your neighbors who have already shared locations where coyotes were spotted.
While some residents enjoy seeing wildlife in the urban environment, as recent stories have publicized, there have been instances where small dogs were killed by coyotes. Taking preventative measures may limit interactions with coyotes.
Some tips include: avoid feeding them; avoid leaving pet bowls and food outside; clean up spilled bird seed from feeders and keep grills and barbecues clean, according to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.
More than 90 percent of a coyote’s diet is small mammals, according to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. Coyotes will also eat birds, snakes, insects, fish, fruit and vegetables and will feed on what is most available, such as squirrels, voles, mice, rabbits, and injured or sick deer.
The animals are very adaptable and while they are known to come out mostly at night, it’s not unusual for them to be spotted during the day.
When you spot a coyote it’s important to be confident and bold and make loud noises. Do not act submissive or turn your back or run, the Forest Preserve District said.
Sometimes a coyote will “shadow” a person because they passing through a coyote’s territory to make sure the person is not a threat.
Most coyotes are not aggressive, but if you encounter one that appears more aggressive, the Forest Preserve District suggests throwing clods of earth or sticks near the ground by the coyote first and, if necessary, toward its body, but, never at its head.
Report aggressive behavior in a forest preserve to the Forest Preserve District at 630-933-7200. Encounters on private property should be reported to local authorities.
If you've spotted a coyote recently, let us know in the comments and we'll add the location to our map.
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