Coyote Sightings in Arlington Heights

Coyote Sightings in Arlington Heights
Posted on 11/30/2017

Arlington Heights Police have been receiving increased reports of coyote sightings in the Village. While seeing a coyote in your neighborhood or on your property may be startling, coyotes are part of our natural habitat and it is very rare to experience a conflict with a coyote.

Coyote sightings do not require emergency calls to 911. If a coyote is near your home on a persistent basis, you can contact the Police Department for general information at 847-368-5300. 

The Village does not provide removal services for coyotes. Residents can hire a private trapper licensed by the State of Illinois for animal removal if you suspect they are living on your property.

Provided below is general information about a coyote’s behaviors and tips on living with coyotes.

Description:

The coyote looks similar to a medium sized German Shepard from a distance.

They weigh between 20-40lbs, stand 15-20in tall and are 4-5ft long including the 14in tail. Their upper body color is generally dull yellow to gray with white or cream colored fur on the throat and belly.  They have erect pointed ears and dark-tipped tails.

Behavior:

Coyotes are primarily nocturnal but it is not unusual to see one during the day.

They have become desensitized to the existence of humans and allow themselves to be seen.

Coyote attacks on humans are extremely rare and are usually caused by interaction initiated by the person, such as feeding them or investigating their dens.

They eat mice, squirrels, rabbits, birds and other small animals.  Coyotes help balance the fox, raccoon and opossum population.  They take advantage of human-associated foods like garbage, pet foods and birdseed.  Unattended pets are also an easy food source.

Reproduction:

Coyotes mate in February and March with pups born in April or May.  They are territorial creatures and may view other animals, including dogs, as a threat.

They often utilize abandoned fox, skunk, and woodchuck burrows for dens.  Areas under decks and around sheds are also used by coyotes.

Living with Coyotes:

Never approach, touch, or intentionally feed a coyote.

Eliminate all outside food sources, especially pet food.  Secure garbage cans.

Clear out wood and brush piles creating habitats for rats and mice which may attract coyotes. Never allow pets to roam free while coyotes are in the area.

Never try to run away from a coyote; make loud noises and throw rocks or sticks at the coyote to frighten them away.

For more information, please visit the Cook County – Urban Coyote Research Project