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Coyote on the Prowl in Evergreen Park

Police say a coyote has been spotted roaming through Evergreen Park. We have all the safety tips you need.

It looks like Evergreen Park has a new resident. 

Police say there have been multiple sightings of a coyote in the southwest quadrant of town. Residents have seen what is believed to be the same coyote pop up in backyards and fields in recent days. 

While a coyote might seem alarming, they generally only pose a possible threat to small pets that are left unattended. 

According to the Cook County Coyote Project, there hasn't been a documented case of a coyote attacking a human in Illinois since at least 1985—the beginning range of the study. On top of that, there have only been two cases of coyotes killing a human in the U.S. and Canada in modern history.

That said, residents are indeed reporting interactions with local coyotes and we want to keep those numbers from getting any higher. The Cook County Coyote Project website says one of the best ways to prevent coyote conflict is to avoid feeding them, whether that be intentional or not. 

Furthermore, coyotes typically come out at night. If you see a coyote during the day, that's indication the animal may be more bold and therefore more likely to attack. If you ever find yourself in this situation, the study recommends you yell, wave your arms and try to throw something at the coyote. Never run away!

While coyotes have been known to attack pets, the Cook County Coyote Project says coyotes do not frequently attack dogs, and when they do, they tend to be smaller dogs. Cats, on the other hand, may represent more alluring targets. Don't lose too much sleep over it, though. The vast majority of a coyote's diet is made up of mice and rats.

Evergree Park police officials say that you shouldn't become alarmed if you come across the coyote, but you should call for help if the animal appears to be aggressive or poses a threat. 

-Ryan Fitzpatrick contributed to this report. 

Have you seen the coyote? Let us know in the comments. 


Cheryl November 19, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I called the Evergreen Park police more than a year and a half ago to say that I spotted a coyote in our alley. They said, "yeah, we know." This has been going on for a while.
Richard November 19, 2012 at 06:39 PM
So, what's the big deal? The police evidently feel the coyote can (or should) be let be. I think that's the right idea. Unless you have a little dog, or leave a very small baby outside unattended, you don't have anything to worry about. Late one night I saw two coyotes trotting down the street in front of my house. My reaction: it's maybe something to talk about, not anything to DO something about. But maybe you think all of Nature is evil and a threat. It's not.
R Gibbons November 19, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I also called about a year and a half ago regarding a Coyote running down my sidewalk at 5:30 pm.and what notices were the Village going to send via email to warn residents that have small children and pets. I was told that they are "protected by law" and cannot be trapped. I also received a phone call from a Village employee but at that time still no email warning the residents of this existing issue. Thank you Evergreen Park Patch for FINALLY letting people know there are coyotes in the village and to take care of their small children and pets when in the yards or on the sidewalk. And...contrary to the previous post...there are dangers regarding coyotes especially lone walkers or joggers. As the article pointed out, "If you see a coyote during the day, that's indication the animal may be more bold and therefore more likely to attack. If you ever find yourself in this situation, the study recommends you yell, wave your arms and try to throw something at the coyote. Never run away!" I will repeat, the coyote I saw within 7 feet of my person was at 5:30 pm in daylight!
R Gibbons November 19, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Abc reports a car crashed into Famous Dave's. is that reason for helicopters?
Ozzy November 19, 2012 at 11:31 PM
That is what someone just told me. Seems someone wanted to open a drive though window!
Ozzy November 19, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Heck, I saw a coyote years ago along the railroad tracks. About a month back I saw a real nice buck run off the tracks at 91st & Rockwell The funniest sight is when a fox was living on the golf course and was playing with a poodle. They were having a blast chasing each other.
Patty November 20, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Poor Famous Dave's. the day they open, they make the news for being a traffic problem as gapers were holding up traffic on 95th looking at the aftermath. Went by at 5 pm and a window was being boarded up. Did someone in the parking lot go forward instead or reverse?
Dan Lambert (Editor) November 20, 2012 at 03:18 AM
They will be open for business tomorrow. They say business was great before the accident.
Leo November 21, 2012 at 06:14 PM
heard about a sighting at 100th and spaulding earlier today

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