Resident Reports Coyote Snatched Her Dog from Her Yard

Dog becomes fourth to fall victim to coyotes since December, when the city urged owners not to leave pets unattended outdoors.

A Wheaton, Ill., woman said that last week a coyote grabbed one of her small pets from her yard. It is the fourth pet to fall victim to coyotes since November. | Credit: Patch file
A Wheaton, Ill., woman said that last week a coyote grabbed one of her small pets from her yard. It is the fourth pet to fall victim to coyotes since November. | Credit: Patch file

A little more than a month after Wheaton officials warned residents to take precautions after coyotes grabbed two small dogs and fatally injured a third, another resident has reported the loss of a dog to coyotes.

Allison Jacobs, a Wheaton teacher and mother of two, last week wrote to Wheaton Patch to report that her dog had become the fourth coyote fatality since November.

“... Our dog disappeared from our fenced in yard yesterday morning (Jan. 22) without a trace,” she wrote in an email to Wheaton Patch. “There were no human footprints leading from our yard, the gates were closed, and due to the snow there was no way the dog could have gotten under the fence.

“We have coyotes in the neighborhood and believe that a coyote took her from our yard,” she continued. “Paw prints were observed leading away from the yard. This all happened in a matter of minutes.”

She learned from her neighbors this was believed to be the fourth such attack on pet dogs since November.

“Dogs are disappearing at an alarming rate and I am afraid for my surviving dog's life,” she wrote. “I am also afraid to go outside with my other dog because I don't know what is awaiting me or my children.”

Jacobs said she wanted to alert the community that the attacks on small pets continues to be a concern.

Likely the best solution is what the city advised in December, when it issued the release.

Typically elusive, coyotes try to stay out of sight and generally are scavengers or hunt small prey such as rodents. But food becomes scarce in winter, which typically also is when younger coyotes mature and venture out on their own, making competition for food even more intense.

Since coyotes are opportunistic feeders, a small pet left unattended, even for just a minute or so, becomes a quick meal they can capture swiftly and efficiently, to the chagrin of the owner.

Police said in December that fenced-in yards are not enough to protect a small pet and urged residents to not leave small pets alone outdoors, and even advised keeping their small pets on a leash while outdoors.

Read more about the steps authorities advise when dealing with coyotes in the Wheaton Patch story on Dec. 12, 2013: Wheaton Police: Coyote Attacks on Small Dogs Reported.

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Ike Hoagland January 27, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Seriously, why are people getting their panties in a bundle over Coyotes? Come on it has been a harsh winter for those living out doors like the coyote. People are so concerned about these animals but have no clue how long they've been here. 25 years ago I use to spray for mosquitoes, I would see coyotes in peoples back yards or in parks every night. They help keep the rodent population down, they are timid animals. keep a light on and watch your dog, use common sense.
Dr Silicon January 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM
A light, a good rifle and scope, nothing more then a 22 and make sure your aim is down and know where your bullet will end. Many racoons and feral cat bones in the woods by me.
simoninikid January 28, 2014 at 01:24 PM
There is also a Red-tailed Hawk that grabbed a rabbit right before our neighbors eyes, flew over to my yard where we found the remains. We saw the same hawk, sitting in a tree in our yard watching our new pup one afternoon after we'd just let him out to to potty. My grand daughter ran in to tell us about the giant bird, and sure enough when we looked out the window, there it was peering down at my pup. Obviously we instantly went outside to shew it away. Two sides of my property are edged by Manor Woods where I see and hear coyotes all the time. I now watch my pup religiously when he was outside as there are actually TWO small animal predictors out there.
Michael D. Perry January 28, 2014 at 03:23 PM
Am on the North end of Glen Ellyn near Main Street (Glen Ellyn) and have, on several occasions, observed coyotes in my neighborhood and on my property. Folks should not think this is only going to happen in Wheaton.


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