Coyotes in Chicago
Name: Pamela K
I am a writer doing research for a story on the
coyote. I saw one running in the back yard area in a suburb of Chicago
while returning home from an apple picking outing. Has there been a
greater incidence of coyote in more heavily populated areas closer to
Chicago? Also, if one was spotted would there be somewhere to report
these findings? Where is the nearest refuge for coyotes in the
Chicago-land are, if there is one?
Coyotes are very adaptable indigenous predators along the western shores of
Lake Michigan. They have been known to kill pets let out of doors at night.
I do not know that there is any single agency where sightings or incidents
are reported but I would start with any local or regional wildlife
Department of Natural Resources, or state and/or local park jurisdictions.
As the suburbs have spread into more remote areas the coyotes, like deer,
raccoons, and possums sometimes leave but also sometimes just make themselves
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