Are Coyotes a Problem Where You Live?
A number of Palos-area resident said they've seen the wild animals over the years and some think they're a nascence.
Joe Doody was out walking his dog Saturday when he spotted a coyote running on on 74th Avenue. The 28-year-old Palos Heights resident saw another on Sunday near the intersection of 121st and Richards and then two on Monday near the Chicago Christian High School.
Doody sees the wild animals as a problem.
"They’re out of control, he said. "They’re everywhere now.”
Coyote sightings are fairly common and residents who live near Forest Preserves or spend time in wooded area have spotted them for years.
Palos Patch Facebook friends told us their coyote stories:
Mervate Mohammad: yup, I saw one crossing over from the subdivision on 109 to the other side of Roberts into the creek by the church.
Scott Kelly Always see them on 131st, Harlem, 135th st., on my front lawn on 129th, If you look hard enough you can see them every day.
Nabrina Nimbus Rosales: I've seen them in Bedford Park by the Swanson Center right behind the police station & also along the train tracks on 99th & Central.
Sarah Rasul: Yeah, I saw one on Old Oak Trail at 6am one day, walking through the yards. He looked thin.
Nabrina Nimbus Rosales: Oh wait, I used to jog along the trail that is in Willow Springs by the Metra stop until I crossed paths w one there too! It was calm, I stopped and let it cross into the woods by the viaduct. It was only a few feet away from me, I for sure thought it would attack me. Thankfully it did not.
Sarah Rasul We HEAR them fighting in the field on Route 83 between the offices and colonial heights.
Tim Moore Yes. We live at 131st and 76th Ave right be the forest preserve. All kinds of creatures are in there and they often come out, too!
Jeff Carpenter a year ago Feb. I had one in my back yard in Old Palos; I see them periodically when I run in the forest preserves. Foxes occasionally on my street also. Anything to keep down the rabbit/chipmunk population. I don't fear them, but I respect them, coyotes esp. They won't typically attack humans unless harried or in a "trapped" situation. I'm more wary of pitbulls.
May Clark We're in Palos Hills and see coyotes every day in the yard, walking down the street...and often in groups of 2 or 3.
Suzy Frederickson I live on 73rd ct in old Palos and big as life about 8am on Sunday there was one strolling down the middle of the street. I have bigger dogs but I keep my cat inside all the time because of them. We also have Foxes that live on the next street east of us.
While spotting one of these four-legged friends is a common occurrence, attacks are rare, according to information provided by the Cook County Animal and Rabies Control agency. In the Palos area, the county and a few private animal control companies handle instances were trapping might be needed.
Is that enough? Should county or local authorities do more? Are coyotes are big enough threat to warrant more action?
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