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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Jim McMahon October 08, 2012 at 07:09 PM
They forgot to mention playing soft music and petting the coyote stomach.
Alan October 09, 2012 at 11:16 AM
What can be said..., coyotes like terriers, especially the Yorkshire type. Don't leave your dogs unattended. People need to get smarter than a dumb coyote.
Shawn Starry October 09, 2012 at 05:39 PM
The problem is: coyote food source they have relied on before is scarce. The drought is largely to blame. Instead of rolling over playing dead, the coyotes will act in desperation. Even as you see in front of people. I have hunted, tracked, and killed coyotes protecting farmers. The weather ia largely the problem, and with population being estimated in 30,000 coyotes during fall season just before winter, its gonna get uglier before it gets better. Why? People are going to rationalize this away until a human child becomes the victim. Then the irresponsible hunting comes in. Reminds me of the movie "Silver Bullet" by Stephen King. Time to take defensive measures at home, and watch over the animals at home. If your going to hike, leave the pets at home, inside. Motion lights and security cameras(Menards - under a hundred dollars ) and a wooden privacy fence 8 feet tall. Like i said, if you want to live around nature, best to establish boundaries and rules for yourself. Study up and be open to learn the truth about animals. This will save your life. Preparedness is better than foolness. Or you could call me and ill hunt them for you.Coyote X 815-238-3005. Mr. Shawn Starry
Alan October 11, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Shawn, you appear as desparate as the coyotes. I mean, the drought has obviously attected you, too. Isn't there anything else you can do other than to suggest you are an expert on coyotes. It's people like you that really is the problem, not the coyote... I would love to see you in a situation, where, if just one time, just once, a coyote could shoot back... And, if the coyote just happens to miss, you will have the humiliation to go home and clean your soiled pants.
Alan October 11, 2012 at 05:45 PM
leslee, for your info, I am quite educated, and I did read the article, and I also clearly understood that there was one adult and on 11 year old boy. I also safely concluded that none of the three the dogs were on a leash..., the dog, the morsel that it must of appeared to the coyote, was simply snatched up and carried away by the coyote, and no leash was mentioned. I mean, where did the baseball bat come from?? The bottom line is the owners of the dogs did not even come close about protecting or really attending to their pets no more than if a mugger would jump out from behind a tree and rob them. The difference is that coyotes are acting on instinct to eat, and the mugger is acting on a will to be a mugger. (PS... The next time you write a comment, I suggest reviewing your comment in advance of hitting the submit button. There are at least 4 errors in your two sentence comment... You see, I'm edumicated... :) )
Cathy Ross October 12, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Leslee, I am so sorry for your loss and to have to deal with all these awful comments is terrible. Ignore Alan and the other negative comments!!! Maybe we should collect all the coyotes and bring them to his yard. If he loves coyotes maybe he would be willing to coexist with them at his home. People should look on the internet just to see how many attacks there have been on people. There was one in Aurora in April of this year. It's not only children but 63 yr old, 17 yr old, on and on. Coyotes are hunters they do not belong in suburban areas!!!! It sad that people have more compassion for an animal that attacked than the victim of the attack. Blaming pet owners for being irresponsible with out knowing them or the situation is just silly. You should not have to have your pet on a leash in your own back yard. It's sad that when people should show you compassion they are blaming you. Know that most do not feel this way!!!!
Shawn Starry October 14, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Mr.Alan, when a human gets attacked, you know my number. Don't be such a fool, you obviously know nothing or little of animals natures. If you sympathize with them, why don't you invite them to eat in your yard? Ya better do your homework before bashing an expert.
Alan October 14, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Shawn, you are nothing but an extremist, who, within an unsettling like manner, is attempting to convince other unsettled individuals to think and act as you do. And, if fore instance, they do not have means or access to a gun, you just happen to have one to save the day with. I do not have to advertise or publicly display or disclose my expertise at any thing here... common sense and compassion are simply a way of life. The idea that there is only one way to deal with a coyote, and that is by killing it because someone's pet became a meal for it is self righteously hideous! Yeah, Shawn, I got your number... We all got your number...
Jennifer Towne October 15, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Alan, your comments are cold-hearted. We live 2 houses from Tim Bassett (the owner of dog that was fatally attacked in his own backyard on his own property). Last night at 10:15 PM my husband took our dog (about 40 pounds, 20 inches) out on a leash in our backyard (on our property). While my husband was standing near the dog on his leash in our backyard, a large coyote crept out from the shadow of our spruce trees and attempted to attack our dog (sprang toward dog) with my husband standing next to our dog. Luckily my husband reacted quickly and was able to get the dog out of harms way before the coyote could get to him. We have followed all recommended guidelines for keeping the dog safe. He was in his yard, on a leash, being watched by an adult and yet the coyote was bold enough to attempt an attack anyway. These coyotes are bold and aggressive.
Alan October 15, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Coyotes primarlily hunt at night..., and you , or your husband, are out at night.... with a meal on a leash (is that too cold hearted to put it that way?). Now, Jennifer, is the time to call animal control..., and I don't mean the idiot with a gun!! You now have what EXPERTS describe as a "possible problem" animal!! Keep in mind that this animal has already been part of a dinner-bell else where, like right next door to you!!!!!!, and now anticipates a possible meal, just like he had before. Maybe this same animal has already been in your yard..., numeorus times...., because of a left over dog bowl, bone, or treat. And, he smelled your dog as a possible threat, if not a meal. He wants exactly what you want that you currently have, that is, your dog, albeit for different reasons. Please be mindful that a racoon can be just as problematic; Squirrels will litterally chew right through a window frame, if it knows there is food just on the other side; and, Chipmunks are very capable of undermining foundations of a house just like yours... those cold hearted little rascals!!
Alan October 15, 2012 at 09:01 PM
So, Tim..., I'm the moron... mean while, a dumb coyote outwitted you and your family.... I'm pretty sure that you are reading up on how coyotes survive and thrive in an urban evironment. And are also learning how you, your family, friends and neighbors can live in an urban setting that includes wildlife. By doing so, sadly, Tim, you are still part of a minority. And, that is the real problem. Generally, people don't have a clue on how to live in an urban environment that includes wildlife. But, you are gaining more and more knowledge, and will eventually come to grips with it all. Sorry for your loss by the way.
Roy Rumaner October 15, 2012 at 09:29 PM
The coyote "just appeared"? You say you have a pet fence? How high is this pet fence? Coyotes can jump over a 6-8 foot fence and have done so in my area. Sorry for your loss, but maybe paying a little more attention to what is around you would have saved your little dog. The coyote was probably hungry and saw nothing to stop it from grabbing a quick snack. Sorry, but once it had it in its mouth, it wasn't going to just let it go because your kid chased it. .
Roy Rumaner October 15, 2012 at 09:35 PM
As Alan stated, the coyote now knows that there is free food in your area. Also, do you put bird food out in the yard? Rabbits and squirrels will come to eat that and the coyotes will come to eat them. Time for a tall fence (at least 6 feet) with at least another foot or two underground so they cannot dig their way in. Not sure if Wheaton will do anything to help you. I know in Aurora, we have to hire a professional trapper at our own expense if we want to get rid of one because the city doesn't want to get involved.
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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