Keeping Coyotes at Bay

Coyotes have been in the area for more than 100 years and they aren’t going anywhere.

Jack MacRae from the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County gave a presentation to nearly 40 residents at the municipal center on how to co-exist with the wild animals.

“Coyotes like suburbia,” said MacRae. “They like living near people. There are more resources, there’s more shelter, and there’s more food.”

In the past few years, Animal Control has responded to more coyote- related calls, but MacRae says it isn’t a population increase, just that residents are more aware of the situation. Those in attendance were happy to learn that coyotes pose little danger to humans and are generally quite skittish.

“I was here to know how much of a threat are the coyotes,” said Wayne Szczsponik, Naperville resident. “We’ve seen them in our neighborhood, have a dog we’re concerned about. For me he dispelled any fear.”

MacRae had several tips for those who might spot a coyote: educate yourself, make loud noises, show your dominance, make them aware of humans, and keep animals on a leash and supervise them in yards.

He stressed that our job is to make them afraid of us, not us of them.

For more tips and information, visit dupageforest.org.

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