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Plainfield Coyote Sightings: Where They've Been Seen Around Town

IDNR advises watching pets closely and making sure they are in fenced areas to keep them safe from coyotes.

Reader Kyle Kilgore shared this photo of a coyote in his backyard in the Arbor Creek subdivision in Plainfield.
Reader Kyle Kilgore shared this photo of a coyote in his backyard in the Arbor Creek subdivision in Plainfield.
Winter is the peak season for coyote sightings, and Plainfield-area residents are spotting them more and more.

In the City of Wheaton, officials are warning residents to be on the alert after coyotes snatched two small dogs and fatally injured a third.

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On Jan. 22, another pooch disappeared from a fenced-in yard, according to Wheaton teacher Allison Jacobs.

“Dogs are disappearing at an alarming rate and I am afraid for my surviving dog's life,” she wrote to Patch.

Plainfield-area residents have also been spotting coyotes all around town.

"In Springbank they regularly hang out, many times I've seen one just walking down the middle of the road," reader Lysa Heaton posted on Plainfield Patch's Facebook page. "I know we are an unfinished subdivision but I still don't expect to see enormous coyotes walking down the street in broad daylight! We had one in our back yard looking to get our Springer last summer and the only thing that saved him I think was our huge lab barking like a lunatic! I ran out banging a pan and screaming and it did run away.....but truly it didn't seem that scared of me!"

Another reader reported spotting coyotes in his backyard off McKanna Road, south of Caton Farm Road.

"Coyotes do not understand the rules of Plainfield. If you put prey in your backyard and they are hungry they might attack," another resident wrote.

According to Plainfield police, the best way to deal with coyotes is to give them their space.

"If it doesn't appear to be injured or ill, give it a wide berth," Cmdr. Ken Ruggles told Patch last year. "They will go about their business."

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources offers the following advice for dealing with suburban coyotes:

"Despite common misconceptions about coyotes, they are not likely to cause problems. However, individuals do sometimes kill or injure domestic pets, young livestock, or poultry. These incidents can typically be prevented by removing resources that attract coyotes and by using exclusion techniques. Make sure livestock and poultry have access to secure shelter and properly fenced areas.

"Some coyotes become accustomed to human activity and may approach close to buildings, people, or pets. Cats and small dogs should be observed closely and placed in fenced areas (yards, kennels) when coyotes are known to be present."

Coyotes aren't the only wildlife putting a scare into pet owners. Earlier this month, Wallin Woods residents Sandi and Keith McGill reported that a hawk nearly snatched up their six-pound Yorkie.

Check out the map to see reported coyote sightings in Plainfield. In the comments, let us know where you've spotted them.


Caryn DeMarco January 31, 2014 at 07:41 AM
There were a couple of coyotes in the field off of Winding Creek Rd and Judith Lane.
P-Ville Lifer January 31, 2014 at 07:51 AM
We see them in Whispering Creek all the time
Dan January 31, 2014 at 07:57 AM
I'll give 30 bucks for the pelt.
Justliloleme January 31, 2014 at 08:22 AM
We have them and fox in Fiday View all the time. Remember that they were here first. We moved in and took over their habitat. Just be smart and watch your small pets. You can't blame the coyotes for doing what they naturally do.
Randy Wayne January 31, 2014 at 08:44 AM
Want to keep coyotes out of your neighborhood? Get a male Old English Sheepdog and don't neuter him. The coyotes will stay away ; )
Rebecca January 31, 2014 at 08:57 AM
Owls are also a nuisance for those of us further out in the sticks. I never let my dogs out at night with being on a short leash.
Jim W January 31, 2014 at 09:08 AM
They are a very important part of the ecosystem and I truly wish everyone would stop complaining about them.
Sally Sosa January 31, 2014 at 09:20 AM
The coyotes roam through my backyard and howl in the middle of the night. I live south of Caton Farm Rd. near the railroad tracks.
John F. Argoudelis January 31, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Actually they weren't here first and they have upset our local ecosystem. We had no coyotes before the 1980s/early 1990s. They have destroyed the pheasant population for one thing. Other ground nesting birds have disappeared as well. Not saying we should start killing them or anything, just some facts about when they got here and what they are doing.
Larry Newton January 31, 2014 at 09:47 AM
Really, John? Your frame of reference is the 1980"s? Pretty sure that coyotes are native and that pheasants are an introduced species (like European Starlings).
Todd January 31, 2014 at 09:53 AM
If you have a coyote problem and have a fair amount of land outside the city of Plainfield's borders. Then I am more than happy to remove a coyote or 2 if you like. Please let me know.
Ronda Wheeler January 31, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Coyotes are always around in the country. With all the development that has gone on on the past we have invaded open space where they live. Just use caution at dusk and after dark. Keep you pets close and on a leash. The biggest problem is the people who drop their pets off in the country because they don't want them anymore. They are virtually coyote food.
Tim January 31, 2014 at 10:15 AM
No coyotes until the early 90s? That's odd, I clearly remember them in the 80s. And you know WHERE I remember them? In the same locations that all these houses are in now who are complaining about them.
John F. Argoudelis January 31, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Larry, I guess I'm getting old. Pheasants were introduced to replace prairie chickens and others that were decimated by over hunting/loss of habitat etc. I'm not sure on the exact dates, but when I grew up on the farm there were lots of pheasants and a coyote sighting was very rare. Here's an article that's interesting: http://www.nytimes.com/1981/03/03/science/coyotes-arrive-in-the-northeast-after-an-evolutionary-trek-across-the.html Again, I don't think they should be hunted and killed or removed from our state/area, just that they are a mixed bag in our environment. They did decimate the pheasant population and they will take down a fawn occasionally. But they eat other varmints (mice/rats etc.) and keep that population in check. By the way, the last wolf in Plainfield was poisoned by a local farmer in 1896 south of town. It was a black wolf that was raiding chicken coops etc.
Larry Newton January 31, 2014 at 10:39 AM
John, you and me both. However, I happen to know you have WAAAY more local history than me. What was it like around here when Christ was a child? I hope you know, I say this in jest.
Melody January 31, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Bike path between Caton Farm, Drauden and Theodore Roads is LOADED with coyotes and hawks too. Watch your little doggies because they're always on the lookout. Make sure there are no holes under your fences by doing regular checks and let them in and out quickly, no hanging out at all and keep an eye on them.
Meghan Courtright January 31, 2014 at 11:40 AM
There was a coyote on my street in Caton Crossings the night before last garbage day. It dragged a bag of garbage into the street to pick through.
Melody January 31, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Oh and last year, we saw a turkey vulture walking down the sidewalk of our subdivision. Swear, if we didn't have a picture to prove it, you'd think we were crazy. Bigger than our Yorkies. Was bizarre to see.
Mike Keniley January 31, 2014 at 12:05 PM
I saw a coyote walking down the road behind St. Mary Immaculate Church & school a couple days ago early in the morning. The coyote just moved off the road when a car came down the road and ran across an open yard to the field between the bowling alley and Central School. Coyotes will eat just about anything. Many people especially this time of year see stray animals in their neighborhoods and place out food. Well, this may be a good gesture; however you are also possibly luring other foraging animals, such as the coyote to your neighborhood. Coyotes will eat just about anything...including your small pets. Unfortunately, Will County or Plainfield government DOES NOT have a department for wildlife control. If you have a problem with Coyotes around your home, the only option is to contact a licensed wildlife trapper.
John F. Argoudelis January 31, 2014 at 12:10 PM
And that's an expensive option. I'm a bird feeder and have unfortunately attracted way too many raccoons. They can be a problem and have one of the highest rates of disease.
Mike Keniley January 31, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Good point about the bird feeder...sad, but true
Mark King January 31, 2014 at 12:43 PM
My son and I witnessed 2 coyotes crossing 135th St. coming from the sledding hill area, not too far from Walker's Grove Elementary Weds night.
Plainfield Independent January 31, 2014 at 12:51 PM
Did Plainfield invent the coyote like Plainfield invented the ice cream sundae?
Nicole Erin January 31, 2014 at 08:44 PM
Coyotes have been around forever and play an intrical part in our ecosystem. We've already driven out the wolves and cougars.
Bad News Bears February 01, 2014 at 12:01 AM
I'm native to this area and I remember seeing coyotes a few times back in the late 70s (don't remember much before that) but my parents remember them from further back. Yes it was rare and they never approached the houses, but they were here. Problem is that this winter has wiped out alot of their food supply and they are desperate. Without them, the rodent population will explode and people will start complaining about that. Owls, hawks, etc serve the same purpose. Pick your poison people. It is all the circle of life. #natureisnotanuisance
John F. Argoudelis February 01, 2014 at 03:11 PM
Rare sight in Plainfield - Saw two bald eagles at about 12 noon on the DuPage near Naperville Road and 127th Street.
Jasmine Sanchez February 03, 2014 at 04:58 AM
My Carin terror was let out along with my soft haired Wheaton terroir at about 7:00 a.m Christmas Eve by my father. Whithin moments the dogs began barking in a unrecignizable tone. My dad immediately turned around and opened the door to call them in when he saw two huge cyotes within feet arched in the attack position. My dad screamed for them in panic ordering my two dogs into the house. The Wheaton darted inside and insted my Carin terroir charged in the opposite direction right towards the cyotes. Without hesitation, one grabbed her by the neck and the other by hear rear attempting to strangle her as they ran off. Lucky my father acted quickly on my dogs idiotic boldness and threw on the nearest pair of shoes and chased after them. Fortunate enough the coyotes lost grip and in that moment my father screamed and kicked to scare them off and was able to seek our dog medical attention. She was extremely lucky to be alive after enduring the viscous attack. Although, unlike most cases, she "attempted" to stand up to the coyotes, she did it out of desperation to defend her self. The coyotes den is within 50 yards of our town house on 127th in Grand park. They are always running across the road, watching my sister as she walks to her bus stop in the morning, and attacking prey within feet of our home. We are not allowed to have a fence at our town house to try and protect our dogs and family from these desperate animals. Even though we let them out on a leash, what makes you think that's going to prevent any sorts of future attacks. My father, a 6'7 man could barley scare them away, and I believe they've grown so courageous to find food we won't be so lucky if they strike again.
momof4 February 06, 2014 at 09:30 AM
spotted them a few times in my neighborhood slightly south of Plainfield south highschool middle of day catching them damn bunnies...

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