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Increased Coyote Sightings

March 31, 2017 02:30 PM
Coyote Pups

Coyotes are more active during spring and early summer, which can lead to increased sightings in neighborhoods and on forest preserve trails.

Female coyotes and their pups have dens in many forest preserves during April, May and June. Therefore, sections of trails near den sites may have high coyote activity during that time. Trailside signs with information about coyote behavior and tips on responding to an encounter are installed when den areas are located near trails.

Coyote family groups will investigate and chase off any perceived threats to the pups. Coyotes pose no threat to people or pets as long as we work together to reinforce their natural fear of humans.

One simple way to help prevent unwanted encounters is to keep dogs on a short leash (less than 10 feet) at all times. Coyotes are territorial and are not afraid of dogs. They may view a dog as a threat, chasing the dog away from the den area if it gets too close. 

Trail users may see coyote family members warily watching; this is simply out of curiosity and not out of aggression. If a coyote approaches, attempt to scare it away by waving your arms in the air, shouting, and throwing rocks or sticks in the direction of the coyote. This response reinforces the animal's natural fear of humans.

To report an encounter or concern regarding coyotes in the Forest Preserves call our General Offices at 847-367-6640 weekdays from 8 am–4:30 pm. On evenings or weekends, call 847-549-5200 and ask to speak to a Lake County Forest Preserve Ranger. Encounters outside of Forest Preserve property should be reported to the local law enforcement agency where the encounter occurred.

Please respect these wild animals. Do not attempt to approach, feed or pet them, or find their dens. Like any mother or family member, coyotes want to protect their pups and keep them safe. The coyote pups are able to leave the den by the end of June, when we will see less coyote activity overall.

The more you learn about coyotes, the more you can enjoy those rare encounters.

Homeowner groups and other Lake County organizations can book a free informational presentation about coyotes.


Media Contact: Allison Frederick, Assistant Public Affairs Manager, afrederick@LCFPD.org, 847-968-3261





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