And your little dog, too
It is not uncommon for coyotes to be spotted in the wooded areas of Palos Heights, but pet lovers should be aware after a string of gruesome findings in the past few weeks.
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#1 Sep 22, 2009
This spring I saw a Coyote running NW to SE under the high tension wires between the Westgate and Ishnala subdivisions across 76th ave. He just stoped and stared at me about 10 feet away. In broad daylight 3 - 3:15pm in the afternoon. I struck me as worrisome as I approached the intersection of 127th street and 76th ave. less than 2 blocks further north where I say 2 young school students stomping in water puddles right after Palos East school had let them out for the day.
I discussed this with a PHPD officer a few days later and they are concerned but limited as to what they can do. He commented that some residents put out dogfood for Raccoons thinking it's "cute" and the food sources further encourage Coons and Yotes to travel further into the town. It's not a good idea to be providing extra food sources for wildlife in town.
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#2 Oct 6, 2009
I live in old Westgate and have heard coyotes attacking things before so this does not surprise me. It is the worst sound in the world as you can hear the prey screaming sometimes. There are many of them out there.
We have had a huge coyote in our backyard not that long ago in daylight as well so they are straying pretty far into the neighborhoods.
#3 Jul 13, 2010
I recalled this old item about coyotes, remember they are instinctual predators.
I thought I'd post this incident.
The wary but tolerant relationship between humans and coyotes is changing in a New York City suburb, where two attacks on little girls have police officers shooting at the animals and parents keeping their kids inside on summer evenings at the urging of authorities.
Years of easy living in the suburbs may have dampened coyotes' fear of humans and prompted the unusual behavior, experts said. But in the short term, "This is a threat to public safety, and we are treating it as such," said William Connors, police chief in Rye, about 25 miles northeast of midtown Manhattan.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation has given Rye permission to shoot coyotes on sight and to kill any that are trapped, said Kevin Clarke, wildlife biologist for the department. Three shots have been fired since Friday, Connors said, but no coyotes have been brought down.
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