The home in the Churchill Woods subdivision backs up to the Illinois Prairie Path. The boy and his mother had taken their three dogs outside when a coyote appeared and took Coco, a 4-year-old Yorkshire terrier. The boy chased after the coyote with a bat, but the dog was found dead in the path about 30 minutes later, according to the Herald.
Two small dogs survived a coyote attack in the backyard of a Wheaton home Sept. 27. About a week earlier, a puppy was found dead after a coyote attack in a nearby subdivision in unincorporated Wheaton.
The city of Wheaton's coyote policy includes the following recommendations for deterring a coyote:
- Make eye contact and yell at the coyote(s)
- Wave your arms to appear as large as possible
- Use a noisemaker or a whistle
- Throw things at the coyote
- Clap your hands
- Run toward the coyote to scare it
- Act threatening
- Spray a hose toward the coyote.
The coyotes will learn to avoid places there they feel uncomfortable, according to the city's website.
To report a coyote sighting in Wheaton, go to the City of Wheaton website.
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