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Saturday, March 18, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Village officials in nearby River Forest are on alert and “urging residents to keep a watchful eye on their pets while outside” after a small dog was reportedly killed by a coyote in a River Forest park, according to a March 17 article in Wednesday Journal.
Priory Park, where the incident happened, is near the campus of Concordia University. River Forest officials said that they’ve gotten reports from residents about coyote sightings. The animals are coming into residential areas from Cook County Forest Preserves “in search of food,” Wednesday Journal reports.
The following map shows where Forest Preserves are concentrated in Proviso Township.
According to Wednesday Journal, River Forest Village President Catherine Adduci said that the coyotes “travel in packs” and that residents should make “sure you have your dogs on a leash.”
“Coyotes come out at dusk and dawn,” she said, “so make sure to walk your dog in the daylight. Be vigilant.”
Adduci added that if residents see coyotes, they shouldn’t run. They should instead clap their hands or make loud noise, which should make the animals flee.
According to the Cook County Forest Preserves website, the population of Coyotes in the county numbered in the “low thousands” in 2012.
The Village of River Forest’s website lists some tips “to protect your family and pets from coyotes”:
- Never feed coyotes- Feeding lures coyotes into neighborhoods
- Do not leave small pets unattended outside, even in a fenced in yard
- Keep dogs on a short leash while walking outside
- Yell, clap hands or blow a whistle and try to make yourself look larger if a coyote approaches
- Do not allow a coyote to get in between you and your pet or child
Avoid Conflicts with Coyotes from Urban Coyote Research – Cook County