Coyote Kills Small Dog in Winfield

A Yorkshire terrier died of injures after a coyote attack last Tuesday night.

A an 11-year-boy watched in horror as a coyote snatched and killed a small dog last Tuesday behind a Winfield home around 9 p.m., according to the Daily Herald.

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.

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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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leslee Bassett October 16, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Wow Allen - you seriously called my little dog Coco - Diner. Please stop offending my family during this time.
Alan October 16, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Honestly, leslee, I am not by any means centering my attention on your dog Coco. And, I did not write this article either (were it not for your dog, there would not have been any story to sensationalize concern over a coyote). Given that there is opportunity for the "public" to comment here, it would stand to reason that, no matter what, you may find offense here on terms, words, concepts, etc., that you normally would not if it were not your dog that got eaten. Your dog became a meal to otherwise a wild animal, and, the focus of attention is the wild animal..., not your dog. Please keep this in mind..., I could care less about the incident with your dog, other than to say I am sorry for your loss. My real focus and attention is the adverse reaction people are having towards nature and what comes only natural for a wild animal to do. The sheer ignorance and total disregard for wild animals in general is what is really disgusting and offensive. Unless you don't care about your other dogs, I suggest to start getting educated about how to live in an urban area that also is occupied by "urban" wild animals, and learn how to protect the rest of your dogs.
Roy Rumaner October 16, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Welcome to nature where the stronger eat the weaker. It is called survival of the fittest and your little Coco was certainly not stronger or fitter than the coyote. There is nothing you can do if you are not willing to do whatever it takes to protect your yard (ie. a tall fence). Was Coco on a leash? It doesn't sound like it if the coyote was able to grab it and run away. A leash would have helped but if it was a kid holding onto I doubt they would be strong enough to maintain their grip. Coyotes are strong and hungry ones will be especially aggressive. You are lucky it was your dog and not your kid that was attacked. Time to move to an area where there are no wild animals. Oh that's right, there are none of those anywhere. WE have to learn to live WITH them, not the other way around. They were here first and aren't going to go away any time soon.
Shawn Starry October 23, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Wonder what your feelings would be when a coyote kills your kid or grandkids. Then you'll see idots killing w guns. I love animals as much as the next Guy. But IM well informed and educated with twenty years of experience when it comes to dealing with coyotes. That would make me an expert. You reduce the numbers, you reduce the threats. Ignore that and suffer the consequences. That is a fact.
unheard November 15, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Shawn Starry didn't all this alleged "experience" teach you anything? Here's a fact. Two people have been killed by a coyote in the last 30 YEARS AND ONE OF THE TWO LIVED IN CANADA!! I assume you will set the record straight since your credibility is on the line. Why are you trying to frighten people, especially since you can't legally trap/hunt in Wheaton?


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