On November 9, 2017 just after 8:00pm, Palatine Police responded to the 1500 block of W. Edgewater Lane for the report of 2 dogs that may have been attacked by one or more coyotes. The dogs had been let out in the backyard which is surrounded by an electronic pet fence. A short time later, the resident went to check on the pets, finding one deceased and the other seriously injured in the backyard. While no coyote was seen, evidence would indicate one or more coyotes were responsible for the incident. The residence is near the Deer Grove Forest Preserve.
Although reports involving coyotes attacking pets have been very unusual in Palatine, pet owners must stay vigilant and remember coyotes are indiginous to Palatine and surrounding communities; their homes and food sources have been disturbed due to increased development. Helpful tips to remember:
· Avoid leaving any food items or garbage outside; this includes food for squirrels and other wildlife. DO NOT FEED THE COYOTES!
· Fallen fruit in yards should be picked up as it can attract coyotes.
· Do not leave pets unattended outside! Leaving pets unattended or tied up in an area without fencing leaves a pet defenseless to escape a potential predator. Coyotes have been known to jump fences as high as 6’ feet and dig under a fence to obtain a food source.
· Always walk your dog on a leash and never send a dog chasing after a coyote.
· Reports of coyotes attacking humans is extremely rare. If you encounter a coyote, make loud noises and waive your arms, it will usually scare the coyote off.Do not turn your back or run!
· Try to walk your dog during daylight hours. While coyotes can be out at all times of the day, they are most active between dusk and dawn.
Coyotes have certain protections in the State of Illinois. For more information about coyotes in our area, you can contact the Palatine Police Department Animal Warden at (847)202-6627 and/or visit the Cook County Forest Preserve website: