River Forest alerts residents to coyote attack

Small dog reportedly killed recently at Priory Park

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By Deborah Kadin

River Forest officials are urging residents to keep a watchful eye on their pets while outside after a coyote recently killed a small dog at Priory Park.

Officials also mentioned receiving reports from residents about sighting coyotes, which are coming into the neighborhoods from Cook County Forest Preserves in search of food.

An announcement came during the elected officials' comments at the March 13 board meeting.

"They travel in packs. Make sure you have your dogs on a leash," Village President Catherine Adduci said. "Coyotes come out at dusk and dawn, so make sure to walk your dog in the daylight. Be vigilant."

Adduci said don't run if you see coyotes. Rather, clap your hands, make some sort of loud noise and they will run away.

"We cycle through this every couple of years," Village Administrator Eric Palm said.

Information about coyotes has been posted on the village website. Here are some things to remember: 

  • Coyotes are generally not dangerous to humans, but they are can be territorial when protecting their young and should not be approached.
  • Small pets may be considered prey by coyotes, so don't leave your pets outside unsupervised.
  • Never feed coyotes, don't leave food outside and make sure any trash containers outside are covered securely.
  • Do not leave small pets unattended outside, even in a fenced-in yard.
  • Do not allow a coyote to get in between you and your pet or child.

Additional information can be found on the websites River Forest and the Cook County Forest Preserve District

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Kaitlyn Hwang from Oak Park  

Posted: March 17th, 2017 8:02 PM

I didn't research the others, but the incident at Columbus Park was from dogs, not coyotes as first suspected. https://urbancoyoteresearch.com/faq/have-there-been-coyote-bites-or-attacks-humans-chicago-area No attacks by coyotes in NE IL

Mark Graham from Oak Park  

Posted: March 17th, 2017 7:26 PM

In my opinion coyotes have no place in areas densely populated by people. In the United States there are around a dozen people bitten by coyotes each year, more often than not children. There was a three year old boy bitten near Columbus Park about four years ago who required plastic surgery. There have been two known fatal coyote attacks on humans in North America including a well known 19 year old Canadian folk singer who was killed by a pack of coyotes in Nova Scotia a few years ago. I realize the odds are long for an attack but I feel coyotes are best appreciated in the countryside and forests.

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