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Police Report Spate of Coyote Attacks on Dogs

Police say a pair of coyotes have attacked several dogs in Northbrook recently; residents are cautioned to keep their dogs and cats indoors unless on a leash.

A pair of coyotes have attacked several dogs in the past few weeks, according to Northbrook police, and the village is advising residents to take special precautions.

The coyote attacks have generally occurred in the late evening hours and have taken place both on the street and in fenced-in backyards, according to a press release from the village. Coyotes are capable of burrowing under fences, the village reports.

Residents are cautioned to keep cats and dogs indoors and to let them out only on a leash, under direct supervision, while police take action to remove the animals.

Anyone who sees a coyote should call the village's animal control department at 847-564-2060.

Dawn Dillon April 27, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Where is this happening??
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) April 27, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Hi Dawn, that's a great question. We're working on an update now and hope to have that information soon.
Allyson Cohen April 27, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I live in the area where some of the attacks are happening. Two occurred in the Stonegate subdivision (Landwehr and Willow), one dog was on a leash the other dog was in a fenced-in yard (severely injured but alive). A third attack occurred on Techny. And two chihauhuas were killed last weekend in the development behind Stonegate. These are the ones I know about, there may be more.
Sherry Azaria April 28, 2012 at 12:40 PM
My dog and I saw the pair of coyotes in December, about 5:30 am on Techny between Landwehr and Phillips. They approached us twice, one in front and one stalking on the right. Terrified I just hollered at them, my dog, a rott mix, was ready to attack. Somehow, we kept them at bay and they didn't follow us onto Phillips. My theory at the time was that the streetlights were a deterrent. I came home and immediately called the non-emergency police number and was told that there was nothing they could do.
Jeri Calvetti April 28, 2012 at 01:08 PM
About a month ago I saw a pair of coyotes on my street (Jessica Lane, located by Techny & Landwehr), around 9:30 pm. I called the village, and was also told there was nothing they could do. I also called my friend/neighbor who lives on Clover to tell her and pass the info on to all her neighbors since they all have large yards and little dogs. I did a little research and read that fences don't matter, coyotes can jump over 5 feet fences.
Deb April 29, 2012 at 05:46 PM
A friend and I were chased by a pair of coyotes on the bike path last year without dogs. They have gotten fearless of people, so be careful out there!
Deb April 29, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I feel if the public is being threatened, the village should try to contain them or move them if possible. If you can't even leave your dogs out in your own fenced in back yard, this is a big problem. One should be able to enjoy their yard without worrying about a coyote jumping the fence and killing my dogs. I've seen them walking down the sidewalk on Sunset Ridge in the day time :(
Bud April 30, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Bud, My neighbor and I saw one at Willow Park at about 7:15 AM while walking our dogs last week. Fortunately there wasn't an incident. Of course the police and anamial controll will do what they can, but just remember, they were here first and are not warewolves like you see in the movies, but just looking for food like the rest of us.
Deb April 30, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Yes, Bud. They were here first. They have the forest preserve to live in also, but residents shouldn't worry about leaving their dogs out in a fenced in yard, should they? Plus, when they chase people down the bike path, that is quite frightening, don't you think?
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) April 30, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I'm glad to see folks sharing information on coyote sightings. We're still trying to get in touch with animal control for an official update on where they've been spotted. In the meantime, I also wanted to share a link to the village website, which has some very helpful tips on the coyote issue: http://www.northbrook.il.us/index.aspx?page=552
Bud May 01, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Anne. They don't know that we prefer that they live in the forest preserve. Perhaps you should tell them. The more we build and destroy their natural habitat the more they have to come out to survive. We can't kill or relocate all the animals. There are too many animals becoming extinct thanks to us.
shyspy0602 May 09, 2012 at 12:08 AM
You would have a different opinion if and when it happens to your dog. We shouldn't have to wait until a human is hurt to do something about this problem.. there are many solutions but not enough discussion within the community and with our civic leaders.
Nuisance Animal Trapperman May 23, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Bud. I don't see where you can come off talking to Anne so smart-alec like. She never said anything against you, just differed in her opinion from yours. Yes, it would be nice to live in a world that Walt Disney dreamed up, but, we don't. We can't speak to the animals and understand them back. Also, to move them, animals like the coyotes in question, is just moving the problem. They have to be exterminated. Have no fear Bud, there are millions more to take their place.
Deb May 24, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Bud, I love the coyotes from a distance, but they CHASED me and a friend down the bike path and that was without my dogs. Not cool if they are that aggessive! I certainly don't want to kill them. They are beautiful animals and yes, I agree they were here first, but when the stopped mowing the meadow on Sunset Ridge Rd they were actually walking down the sidewalk. They need to be contained, so people aren't attacked. How to do that? I don't know, but I don't want to be worried about leaving my 2 dogs in my fenced-in yard without supervision all summer, either. What's the solution?
Jill Radke June 01, 2012 at 12:54 AM
I was walking my dog at about 5:45 am on Tuesday, May 29th. A large male coyote appeared. He was aggressively moving towards my 85 pound collie. I screamed and made a racket trying to get him to move on. This coyote would not budge. A man in a pick-up truck stopped and tried to help. The coyote would not move and was coming closer. I jumped in the truck with my dog and this wonderful gentleman drove us home. I immediately call the northbrook police non emergency and they were not terribly helpful. These animals are becoming a huge problem because they are aggressive and not afraid of people.
Deb June 01, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Yikes! I know how you feel, though, because coyotes chased me and my friend down the bike path. We didn't have dogs with us. The coyotes are very bold and not afraid of us one bit! Not sure what the solution is. They have a right to be in the forest preserves.
Mary Anne September 24, 2012 at 02:09 PM
"when they chase people down the bike path" MOST often, you have invaded the coyote territory at the time of dens and pup season (spring). She will not harm you even if she follows. Coyotes are curious as well, and often pop up to watch you. The occasional hunting of pets is not an indication that all visible coytoes are a menace. there are aproximatel 2000 coytoes currently living in the chicago region according to the biologists studying them..Most live peaceably alongside us. They are great at rodent control.. Do not run away! Also, its very important NOT to stare them in the eye, as that is to challenge them --prompting a defensive aggression. We are very blessed to have wildlife in the suburbs. We can learn to live together in most cases. Mary Anne - Glenview Resident Urban Wildlife Coalition
Mary Anne September 24, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I forgot to say, a coyote followed closely behind while I walked my dog for 1/2 mile. We knew what to do, did not panic, run, or scream. Coyotes have been close by a few times over the past few years, but do nothing aggressive. Just because we are in their territory, does not mean, we should ALWAYS ASSUME they are after us, or going to harm. Deer can also attack you when you are in their fawns' territory, or its the rut (mating season), but we don't go around advocating "extermination" for all deer do we? That being said, if you live in wildlife territory (the suburbs of Chicago), what is wrong with learning how to protect yourself, and understanding the animals that live around you? You do not "scream." for example. You read everything you can on your wild neighbors. Educate yourself. Carry an air horn or a can with coins to shake. Don't walk alone. When you walk your pet, don't be on the cell phone, or texting..be alert--which is common sense. We see and hear coyotes in our condo development frequently, and they have never attacked anyone, including the myriad of dogs walked along the river or the preserves. No incidences whatsoever.
Emmanuel October 07, 2012 at 01:12 PM
My 14lb Jack Russel/Chihuahua mix was attacked and killed by a coyote in my fenced yard around 7:30pm on Saturday, October 6th. The coyote jumped a 4 foot fence grabbed the dog by the neck and then leaped back over the fence with our dog in its mouth. The attack happened so quickly. The coyote has been seen coming from the Northbrook area of Dunsten Circle and Greenwood Road. This is the second time in a year I have seen the coyote in my yard. Last year the coyote came all the way to my back door and stared me right in the eyes, like he was sizing me up. I am a 200lb 6 foot tall adult male with two small children at home. Coyotes have also been seen running down our street. I do not leave my dogs or children unsupervised but am now worried about this happening again. It appears as if is happening much more frequently as of late. A report was filed with Northbrook animal control but I am curious as to what the village is doing to assist with this coyote problem.

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