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updated: 10/28/2011 7:37 PM

Lombard police advises what to do if coyotes are spotted

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Village of Lombard

LOMBARD, Illinois--Several coyote sightings in the community have been reported to the Lombard Police Department. The following information is being provided by the Lombard Police Department to educate residents on what to do if a coyote is spotted.

Coyotes prefer to be as far from humans as possible, but as with other species, a loss of habitat has left them few choices. To prevent problems in residential areas and yards, food and shelter options must be eliminated.

The following actions are recommended by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District to prevent coyote encounters:

• Do not encourage coyotes by feeding them. The majority of cases of bold or aggressive coyotes occur when people feed wildlife.

• Keep pet food and water dishes inside.

• Keep your yard well-illuminated when outdoors at night with your pet.

• Walk your dog on a leash and do not leave small dogs out alone.

• Do not allow spills to accumulate below bird feeders.

• Keep grills and barbecues clean. Even small food scraps may attract animals.

• If possible, do not keep garbage cans outside.

• Use enclosed compost bins, not exposed piles. Do not add pet waste, meat, milk or eggs.

• Keep ground clear of fruit from trees.

• Protect vegetable gardens with heavy-duty fences.

• Use welded wire to prevent animals from accessing openings under decks, elevated sheds, concrete slabs and porches.

• Use frightening devices, such as sirens, sensor lights or motion-activated sprinkler systems or lights to discourage animals from approaching your house at night.

• Clear all bushes and dense weeds near the home where coyotes may find cover and small animals to feed upon.

If you encounter a coyote:

• Be confident and bold. Make loud noises and make yourself look larger by raising your hands above your head.

• Do not be submissive, turn your back or run.

• If you are uncomfortable, leave the area calmly, facing the coyote as you leave.

• Always keep yourself between a coyote and children or pets.