Coyotes in the Western Suburbs Get More Aggressive?

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that a pack broke a door trying to get at dogs in suburban Riverside.

Coyotes are timid and more afraid of people than we are of them, experts say.

"Coyotes are actually very timid by nature," Channahon police Lt. Mark Fischer said in a 2010 story.

But while they are not aggressive towards people, they can go after small animals, especially if food is scarce. That seems to be exactly what happened in Riverside, a western suburb of Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that a pack broke an exterior door of a residence while chasing down a dog that had been outside.

In October we compiled a map of places you had seen the coyotes in our area.

Riverside Police Sgt Bill Gutschick said in the Sun-Times story "in his 25 years on duty, this was the first time he’s heard of coyotes trying to get into a home while chasing a pet."

Here's how to avoid attracting coyotes to your property: Police Offer Tips for Keeping Coyotes Away

Jon Baker January 28, 2013 at 04:46 PM
According to that article, the incident happened in Riverside, which is not some newly developed "area". So their goes your theory about us "infringing on their turf"
Infamous Steve January 28, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Why not do that with our out of control population? It is only a matter of time before that becomes a must for the species to live on. Look at right now, there are millions of people who can't find work because there are no jobs. That isn't just the U.S. it's around the world. But we do as we please for "the advancement of mankind" no matter what that be. Then when nature gets in our way we must kill it. Coach Q...you are one the world could do without.
Sheila m January 28, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Actually a frirnd of mine had one chase her dog right up to her back door. It didn't come in the house, but it sure came close. If they are hungry, a chihuahua is just as good as a rabbit. It's nature. The world wasn't created exclusively for humans.
CA January 29, 2013 at 09:31 AM
I obviously don't blame coyotes for following their natural instincts either. Unfortunately, we are very saddened and believe our beloved 6 year old Chihuahua was victim to a coyote attack. We live in Joliet and on July 4th 2012 our neighbors were setting off fireworks. After being inside for much of the day because of the fireworks, we had taken our dog outside to take a "potty break" in our fenced-in backyard. He heard the booms from a few houses down and managed to squeeze out of a very small hole near the gate. We searched high and low for hours. The only animals we came across were two coyotes not far from our house. :( The following day we posted flyers, contacted neighbors, the humane society, animal control, and searched local newspapers, with no luck. The kids were very upset, and we have since gotten another dog. We definitely are more aware now that we know they're are coyotes lurking so close to home.
GlockG22Shoots40s January 30, 2013 at 06:20 PM
We are all God's creatures... and humans are top of the food chain... I have coyotes around my home all the time, deer too... I'll let them live until they get some bright idea that my puppy is a dinner snack... then I'll unload my glock in their general direction... unless a rifle is handy.


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