Two small dogs survived a coyote attack Thursday, Sept. 27 in their backyard in the 2000 block of Stonebridge Court in Wheaton, police said.
The coyote attacked around 10:21 p.m., when a babysitter for the dogs and house was playing ball with the dogs in the backyard.
The babysitter thought one of the dogs, Evie, was dead and covered her in a towel before police arrived. When she showed police the towel, Evie was gone. They later found her in the house with injuries, police said.
The dogs were taken to emergency vet services in Lisle. Evie had four bites around her neck and one on her nose, police said. The other dog, Pippen, had no injuries.
Police checked on Evie after the attack and she was barking and running around the kitchen. "She looks to be in good health," police said.
Wheaton Police Chief Mark Field said the Sept. 27 attack is the only attack Wheaton police have reported. He said DuPage County Sheriff's officers would have reported to a Sept. 22 attack in unincorporated Wheaton.
About a week before the attack on Evie and Pippen, a Yorkshire terrier puppy died after a coyote attack in the Arrowhead Estates neighborhood in unincorporated Wheaton.
The city of Wheaton in 2010 adopted a coyote policy to change and adapt coyote behavior to different forms of human interaction. The Chicago area has seen a significant increase in the coyote population since the 1990s, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources estimates there are more than 30,000 coyotes in Illinois, according to the city's website.
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