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Coyote Awareness Information

Coyote Awareness Information

For the past several years, the Glencoe Department of Public Safety has been working closely with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Cook County Forest Preserve District and Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control to understand and address the aggressive behavior of coyotes. 

Coyotes have been in the Glencoe area for many years. Within the last few years, however, each new generation of coyote has become less frightened by humans. A probable explanation, according to the Urban Coyote Research Project, is the increased feeding of wildlife in our area. To help prevent coyote encounters, residents are encouraged to do the following:

  • Do not leave any pet or human food in containers in your yard.
  • Do not attempt to feed, pet or tame a coyote.
  • Keep your pets on a leash at all times when you talk a walk, including at Glencoe's lakefront.
  • Store trash in tightly closed containers that cannot tip over.
  • Trim ground-level shrubbery to reduce hiding places.
  • Pick up fallen fruit from trees and cover compost piles.
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around your home.
  • Do not feed birds, raccoons, squirrels or other wildlife that coyotes prey upon.
  • Be very cautious when leaving pets outside unattended on tethers or using invisible fencing.
  • Teach your children to respect wildlife and not approach ANY animal.

Professionals who are studying coyote behavior advise that this problem will not go away anytime soon. It is important that all residents make an effort to follow these safety suggestions. Some coyotes are non-aggressive and just passing through; others are more aggressive and will challenge pets. 

If you encounter an aggressive coyote or have questions/concerns, please contact Public Safety Community Service Officer Katie Sweeney at (847) 461-1148 or ksweeney@villageofglencoe.org.

For additional coyote information, please visit the following websites:

Urban Coyote Research Project

How to Avoid Conflicts with Coyotes | Urban Coyote Research