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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.


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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