Coyote Reports Down in Wheaton

The City of Wheaton received 50 coyote sighting reports between Oct. 18 and Nov. 18 and eight reports between Nov. 18 and Dec. 18.

Coyote activity in Wheaton has been on a decline after reports of attacks against small dogs in the area earlier this fall. 

According to a City of Wheaton map, the city received eight reports via its website between Nov. 18 and Dec. 18, including one encounter and two observations of coyotes.

The number was down more than 80 percent from the 50 reports the city receive from Oct. 18 to Nov. 18. The 50 reports included four encounters and five observations, according to the map. 

The most recent attack on a small dog in the area was last month, when a coyote took a dog from a Warrenville yard late at night and killed it.


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Where and when have you seen coyotes? Tell us in the comments.

unheard December 20, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I adore dogs and sympathize with anyone who looses a pet. However, had the city not culled a couple of years ago, there would likely not have been such an increase in the coyote population, and dogs would not have been attacked. (At least to the extent they were this season.) This is according to the best coyote experts in the country, not me. Sadly, at first, many residents didn't watch their pets even though they can be bitten by snakes or attacked by numerous other animals. I know most people do want any attacks, coyote or otherwise, prevented in the future so, hopefully they will listen to the experts and the city guidelines.
julie January 02, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Im sure people just dont bother anymore. I probably account for half of the nov-dec sightings reported but we havent bothered filling it out in a few weeks. We had one just last night and one a few days ago, too. The coyotes still just look at us when we yell at them. Bb guns dont fase them, either.
Dan January 02, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Of course nothing's changed....why bother reporting something when talking to Mayor Gresk and his dumb cronies means nothing if it wont help them get re- elected! 10 years from now there will be black bears and cougars here too! Awww but they were here first..I love nature, let's hug a tree! Intruder in my yard, human or animal, you're dead! Pow!!
Dan January 02, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Agree 100 percent!!
unheard April 01, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Dan you clearly have never lived in an area with wildlife like bears or cougars. How could I know? Coyotes are leaving you shaking in your boots, wondering why Mayor Gresk won't agree with you. Take time to look up behavior from coyote experts like I and most people posting here have and then, someone might listen to you.


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