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28W701 Stafford Place
Warrenville, IL 60555
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Warrenville News

Posted on: November 8, 2013

Police Offer Coyote Awareness Resource Materials

The Warrenville Police Department has recently been made aware of a number of local coyote sightings. Plenty of research material is available to the public on wildlife and nuisance animals, especially for this local area. Using these available resources to educate your self is a good way to understand what attracts and detracts coyotes to specific areas.

Geographic conditions of Warrenville make coyote sightings more prevalent, mainly because of area forest preserves and the grounds surrounding Fermi-Lab. And although these wild animals still appear to exhibit their natural fear of humans, they are creatures of habit that are accustomed to using the same or similar paths of travel, and have become accustomed to interaction with the general population.

Coyotes may visit a particular property once, or if they feel safe, more frequently. Unintentional attracting of these animals may be caused by the homeowners themselves, so the Police Department offers these deterrent suggestions:

* Limit the feeding of wildlife to birds (only) and remember to clean up the spillage. Bird seed does not just feed birds. Spilled bird seed or ground feeding of wild animals may attract a coyote’s food source to your property.

* Never leave cats or small to medium size dogs outside unattended, whether or not the yard is fenced.

* A coyote will always go for an easy meal. If you have a small animal and you have seen a coyote in the area, you are encouraged to sporadically alter your daily animal care routine for at least two weeks. A coyote will pick up on your daily habits.

* If you see a coyote, make loud noise and wide arm movements until the coyote has left the location.

* Be aware that common high peak prey times for coyotes occur around the dusk and dawn hours.

The Police Department has provided a number of informational links on the Community Service - Animal Control page of this website as a resource guide for area residents. Familiarization with Illinois natural wildlife predators, how they live, and what attracts them into residential areas is key to lessening your exposure to risk. In an effort to reduce your risk exposure to coyotes and other wildlife nuisances, please review these materials. Keeping yourself well-informed, will keep you one step ahead of any nuisance wildlife event from occurring.

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