Palos Heights to Hire Trappers to Catch and Release Coyotes

Coyotes could be less of a concern for Palos Heights residents, after a trapping service is contracted to help.

Coyote sightings and a recent attack in Palos Heights have spurred a decision to hire a trapping service. 

The City of Palos Heights and Palos Heights Police plan to hire a private trapper help hone in on local dens and remove captured coyotes from the city, Alderman Jerry McGovern said during a City Council meeting Tuesday. 

The city has previously worked with Steve's Wildlife Removal of Crete, but Deputy Police Chief Dave Delaney said he's unsure if they'll use the same service again. 

A coyote recently attacked and killed Bebe, a resident's 7-year-old chihuahua Bebe near 120th and Oak Park Avenue. A neighbor captured the brazen coyote trotting off with the dog in its mouth

Pet owners should take special precaution to protect their small dogs and animals from the coyotes. The Humane Society of the United States advises not to leave small pets unattended, and to keep pet food and water inside. 

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Jeff Carpenter May 24, 2014 at 05:05 PM
I'd like to hire coyotes to take out all the neighborhood chipmunks.
Imanage May 24, 2014 at 09:03 PM
I think someone in Old Palos is feeding them. There is one that goes through my yard on the exact same path several times a week.
Dr G May 27, 2014 at 08:02 AM
Think it's time to maybe get real dogs. This gerbil sized dogs won't make it when it comes to natural selection.
Laura Wagner May 27, 2014 at 01:21 PM
hey everyone in Palos we should realize we live in a heavily forested area and we need to keep a close eye on your pets. also don't forget that the animals were the original owners of this property.


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