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Coyote Attacks on the Rise This Time of Year

Dogs are more commonly attacked during the winter months than during the spring and summer. This corresponds to the breeding season of the coyote.

Credit: Cook County Coyote Project website
Credit: Cook County Coyote Project website
I don't know about you, but from what I've seen, our coyote friends seem to be a little bolder of late.

The past couple of nights, our dog AJ and I have seen at least one coyote on our walks. We see them with relative frequency, and usually what happens is this: (1) AJ goes ballistic, (2) the coyote scampers off in the other direction. 

Now, AJ is a 90-pound dog and he, at least, thinks he's pretty formidable. But the last couple nights, the coyote in question didn't seem to scare so easily. In fact, on Thursday, one of them actually turned around and started coming our way.

With some effort, I managed to pull AJ back under a streetlight, and our coyote friend apparently went the other way, but a quick Internet search confirms our observation.

"Dogs were more commonly attacked during the winter months than during the spring and summer. This corresponds to the breeding season of the coyote," according to the Cook County Coyote Project website. "Dogs were attacked while outside in their back yard (both alone and in the presence of their owner) and also while being walked by their owner in a park."

So, I guess it's a good thing we went the other way.

Most recently, Wheaton police have reported a series of coyote attacks. In two incidents, a coyote snatched a small dog; in a third, a dog was euthanized after suffering extensive injuries during an attack.

The Cook County Coyote Project site indicates that coyote attacks are up, in general, but the graph provided appears to be dated, with data from the late 1990s through about 2007.

The city of Geneva has coyote information on its website. It also refers users to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website page on coyotes.

Pinterest has some interesting photos, including one of a coyote attacking a dog.


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Wheaton Watcher December 15, 2013 at 10:16 AM
I will also organize marauding torch and pitchfork wielding gangs of men and boys to prowl for coyotes on the north side. We will need anti coyote cells on the east, west, and south sides. I propose the umbrella organization be named WAACS&EC (Wheaton Area Anti Coyote Society & Extermination Crew.
billy December 15, 2013 at 10:18 AM
"Cook County Coyote Project website" sounds like the fur trapper has a friend or publicity writer ? Perhaps fewer small animals are taken walks on leash in single digit frigid days - just let out in yard ? Do we understand the deer population has grown at even greater rate than coyotes - who protects our cars and occupants ? Perhaps the pet stores need to sell aquatic mobile shark cages rather than considering 'anti coyote artillery' ?
Wheaton Watcher December 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM
I plan to set up an ACA (anti coyote artillery - which launch dead mice laced with psycho-stimulant tranquilizers) nest at the corner of Main & Franklin. Get a life gang, where can I expect you to set up your part(s) of the anti coyote shield in Wheaton?
Wheaton Watcher December 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Shark cages can be part of the shield. Any effect defense plan has multiple layers using different technologies.
Wheaton Watcher December 15, 2013 at 10:26 AM
A wall and moat might be part of the plan as well.
David Beecher December 15, 2013 at 12:08 PM
So far, Wheaton Watcher has wasted the space of 4 comments to say nothing of substance. I fear that unheard and Vincent can't be far behind, plus a dash of Mouhelis, because he always wants to add his two cents! However this story states nothing but fact! The author does not embellish nor inflame, just states his recent personal history and offers a few fact based websites. Should people be more careful and always leash their dogs and stand near them, yes. Should the author of this article have been allowed to write the truth as he did and not been criticized, yes. His article confirmed that standing near his leashed dog - helped. His article suggested that people check out information that is available so they can learn how to better coexist. PERIOD.
Alan December 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM
For just a fleeting moment, I thought Wheaton Watcher is serious. We just have to accept the fact that coyotes are here to stay..., and, they're hungry. So, take of your garbage, don't leave pet food outside, and don't leave your pets unattended, and all will be good.
Wheaton Watcher December 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM
David, I think you are a bit late to the party. Anything that anyone posts concerning coyotes is a waste of space and grey cells. Wheaton is polarized, and basically anything anyone posts hear is going to be a rehash, if not a direct quote of something someone else has already said. Nothing new to say by anyone. People end up pontificating, listing their point of view, and in many cases ending up hostile. Nothing anyone posts will move the other side...That said, I am for the moat, shark cages, and ACA nest.
Wheaton Watcher December 15, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Got you Alan! If you care to join the Get a Life Gang, we are open for new members. We work hard at making Wheaton safe for inanity.
Vincent December 16, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Ah, I see that by arriving here, albeit late, I'm bringing about David's worst fear! And Wheaton Watcher, "Making Wheaton safe for inanity"--that's a great line! That should be Wheaton's motto--they just voted for one in Warrenville, I think. Hopefully, Unheard will arrive at the discussion shortly and we'll have the "band back together again." As for your plans, I find your defense strategy impeccable. I can cover the south side of Wheaton and I'll start working on that moat--shall I fill it with water, or should we go for something more elaborate like oil, that we could light on fire if the situation turns particularly desperate. You never can tell with these coyotes. They're pretty wily, I hear. But then again, you already knew that. As for David, I don't have trouble coexisting with coyotes; I have trouble coexisting with anti-coyote folks. PERIOD.
Vincent December 16, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Unheard, are you going to come out and play?
billy December 16, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Caution - stay off Chicago Golf Course, fur trapper has be seen to shoot coyotes there for Wheaton bounty - but no that's not possible the golf course is unincorporated ! Also the snare traps if you get caught only tighten, no slipping back off, not quick like a bear trap but messy and long lasting ! If you go down in the woods today - you better not ?
Wheaton Watcher December 16, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Vincent, how was your summer? I think we should set up (or is it 'sup?) for any new members we allow in to the "get a life gang". Perhaps wear Lady Gaga's "meat dress" and run down the prairie path late at night?
Wheaton Watcher December 16, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Vincent, I think maybe the "get a life gang" will drive up the site visit count. We could then force Ted to pay us, either on a percentage or a guarantee. Do you have access to an agent?
Wheaton Watcher December 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM
And then of course, sell merchandise. Shot glasses, hoodies, Frisbees, and coyote skin caps!
unheard December 17, 2013 at 09:51 AM
Hi Vincent, sorry I'm so late-the holiday's are keeping me busy! How about you? Love the humor on these posts lately-a far coyote cry from past years, don't you think? Been too busy to search much for your infamous coyotecabanna ditty-will try harder in January though!

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