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Living with Wildlife: Coyotes

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Human development in urban areas has replaced natural areas that were once habitat for wildlife. Open fields, forests and wetlands have been replaced by lawns, gardens and neighborhoods. Many animals are adapting to this new environment, sometimes at the expense of their human neighbors, by creating a disturbance or causing damage to property. 

The best way to prevent common wildlife issues is to avoid providing them potential sources for food and shelter. Following are recommendations for how to prevent common wildlife conflicts: 

  • Do not encourage wildlife to come in or near your home by feeding them.
  • Keep pet food and water dishes indoors.
  • Turn on outside lights, make noise and observe the area for any signs of wildlife before letting your pet outdoors.
  • Do not allow spilled seed to accumulate around bird feeders.
  • If possible, do not keep garbage cans outside.
  • Keep grills and barbecues clean.

Coyotes cannot tell the difference between their natural prey and pets. Therefore, they have been known to occasionally prey on cats. Coyotes, which are dogs themselves, do not think of dogs as prey and usually will not attack a dog for food. However, coyotes do view dogs as competition for territory, food and mates.  Therefore, if a dog is within a coyote’s territory, the coyotes will attack it if they are unable to chase it away.  If you are approached by a coyote or it comes into your yard, scare it away by shouting at it and waving your arms over your head. These actions will reinforce the coyote’s natural fear of people, and teach it that your yard is not available territory.

Even though it may be tempting to trap and remove a nuisance animal, removal typically does not provide a permanent solution. Trapping and removing animals only creates an opening for another animal to occupy. The best solution is to focus on removing the attraction, not the animal.  (Please remember that it is illegal for homeowners to discharge any type of projectile weapon or firearm within Village limits.)  Coyotes play an important role in maintaining healthy ecosystems and species diversity. By preying on smaller predator species, coyotes also help protect our bird populations.

Lake County organizations and HOAs can book a free informational presentation about coyotes, or request a brochure by contacting Lake County Forest Preserves’ Public Affairs office at 847-367-6640, or e-mailing afrederick@lcfpd.org.