COYOTES SIGHTINGS: RESIDENTS ADVISED TO BE AWARE AND TO STOP FEEDING WILDLIFE

COYOTES SIGHTINGS: RESIDENTS ADVISED TO BE AWARE AND TO STOP FEEDING WILDLIFE
Posted on 02/05/2020

COYOTES SIGHTINGS: RESIDENTS ADVISED TO BE AWARE AND TO STOP FEEDING WILDLIFE

Orland Park, IL (February 5, 2020) -
Coyotes have been in Orland Park since the late 70s when they used area railroad tracks as highways into Chicago's south suburbs.

 

 

"The current population is growing because coyotes have no natural predators," said Orland Park Police Animal Control Officer Brendan McMahon." It is not uncommon to see coyotes in packs of as many as eight."

 

The coyotes' breeding time is normally in February and March with their pups being born in the spring, April and May, after 60 to 63 days of gestation. Coyotes can have anywhere from five to seven pups in a litter.

 

"Most coyotes feed on rabbits and mice but they'll never pass up a free meal," McMahon noted. "They do eat bird seed and all other animals and birds that feed on the seed," he explained.

McMahon recommends that residents who feed birds and see coyotes in the area should stop.

 

The Police Department is aware of some residents that regularly feed area coyotes, despite repeated warnings. This is one of the main reasons that coyotes are losing their fear of humans.

 

It is illegal to ground feed any animals or birds in the Village of Orland Park.

 

"We cannot stress enough that people should not feed any wildlife in Orland Park. They must let Mother Nature take its course and let these animals forage for their own food. Whether it's the geese at the ponds, coyotes, raccoons, deer in your backyard or any other type of wildlife, do not feed them," McMahon firmly said.


Residents who encounter a coyote are cautioned to never run from it or take their eyes off of it.

 

Those encountering coyotes should yell, scream and wave their arms, making themselves look larger than they actually are. Air horns can be used to scare away a stubborn coyote, if needed.

 

Residents are encouraged to always carry a cell phone when out walking or walking their dogs.

 

Residents are urged never to leave their family pet alone to wander outdoors. Attacks have been known to happen when pets are unaccompanied and at risk.

 

Orland Park is surrounded by forest preserves and the village will always have wildlife present    in the environment. "We have deer, muskrats, coyotes, geese and more," McMahon said,  adding, "We can't choose which animals pass through our yards but there are several things we can do to make them not want to stay."

 

Coyote information packets are available at the Orland Park Police Department, 15100 South Ravinia Avenue.

 

There is no need to call the police department when coyotes are spotted in the village unless the animals are hurt or injured. Residents with additional questions about wildlife in the Village of Orland Park may contact McMahon by calling the Police Department's non-emergency number, 708/349-4111.

 

 

 

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