Coyote Sightings in Palos: Where Have You Spotted Them?

We asked readers where they've spotted coyotes around Orland, Palos and other nearby neighborhoods. Got a sighting to add? Tell us in the comments.

We've been hearing a lot of chatter on our Facebook page about coyote sightings lately so we decided to put together a map based on our readers' reports.

Above is sample of the local coyote sightings. Clearly, there's quite a few so far. In the event you happen to run into one (and you don't immediately run home to tell Patch about it), the Forest Preserve District offers these tips:
  • Take a moment to appreciate "this beautiful and elusive animal." Keep in mind that coyotes are not generally a threat to people. Small dogs? Now that's another story.
  • If the coyote comes toward you, yell, wave your arms or throw something at it. Most will run away.
  • If the coyote doesn't run away and you feel it poses a danger, call 911.

Want to share your coyote spotting? Let us know in the comments.

Keep up with the news in Palos:

Nimbus August 02, 2013 at 09:08 AM
This morning, again, by the Metra stop in Palos Heights. 2 sick looking puppies were balled up under a tree, shaking. One stood up, shaking, the other looked injured. I got pictures this time!! Though I was scared they would lunge.
Nimbus August 02, 2013 at 09:09 AM
Oh at it was 6:55 am!
cjkennedy1 August 03, 2013 at 08:34 AM
Those coyote puppies by Metra in Palos Heights, a couple of weeks ago, a nursing coyote mom was hit on SW Highway still alive, but couldn't get up, so I assume these are her puppies and they need her, so they should found and either euthanized or moved to where they will thrive.
Dione Stolarski March 15, 2014 at 11:56 PM
We think a coyote is living in the pool shed of a vacant house next door to us. We live in the Ishnala subdivision. My husband saw a coyote clime the 6 foot wooden fence to get into the vacant house's yard. The next day our neighbor behind us saw the same thing. When I came home from work today. Our dog a Doberman was acting really strange. I took her into the back yard and she would not leave the stoop. She was shaking very bad. Very uncharacteristic of her. She would not leave my side even after coming into the house. After a couple of hours we ended up taking her to the emergency vet to find out nothing was wrong. I did some research and stumbled across a post about dogs acting strange when coyotes were living in the area. Tomorrow we plan to investigate the vacant home's back yard. If we find what we think we will notify the village for assistance.
Darlene Grigus March 16, 2014 at 09:05 AM
Interesting. We moved to Ishnala in December. I went out one night to walk the dogs in January and there was a coyote in our front yard. It ran off but not that far. As I walked the dogs around the block I noticed it in a neighbor's yard. I moved from Palos Park where they were a daily sighting so I just figured it came from the forest preserve just south of 131st. I live on Kiowa Lane. About where did you see the coyote?


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