Coyote Incident / Safety Tips

Sent: February 4, 2018


Dog Walker followed by Coyote

Yesterday evening a resident out walking their dogs was followed by a coyote for a short time.  The coyote eventually veered off and left the area.

As a reminder to all of our residents, Coyotes are wildlife prevalent throughout the north shore, including Kenilworth. Coyotes may be found in many neighborhoods and view small dogs or cats as prey. Please be vigilant any time you let your animals out and do not leave them unattended even if they are in your backyard. Coyotes will attack anything the same size as itself or smaller.

Coyote Safety Tips

  • Never feed coyotes as the animals may bite.
  • Never approach a coyote.
  • Never leave food out that might attract coyotes, be it pet food, regular food or garbage.
  • Keep your dog leashed in areas where coyotes may be present.
  • Keep small pets protected. Don't leave them unsupervised outdoors. Make sure you turn on lights if it is dark to check your back yard for unexpected wildlife.
  • Do not assume that a fence will keep a coyote out of your back yard.
  • Anticipate that you could have an encounter with a coyote and be ready.
  • Yell, clap hands, blow a whistle and try to make yourself look larger if you have a close encounter with a coyote.
If you observe a coyote acting aggressively, looking sick or injured dial 911. Please keep your pets safe!

Kenilworth Police Department
419 Richmond Road • Kenilworth, IL 60043
Phone: 847-251-2141 • FAX: 847-251-3445

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