Add Prospect Heights to the list of suburban towns getting frequent visits from coyotes.
The city is notifying residents that the wild animals have been sighted recently and offering a few tips to stay safe. Though coyotes generally avoid contact with humans, they may perceive small pets as potential prey, officials said.
Here are some of the city's tips:
• Never feed coyotes as it endangers your family and lures the animal to your neighborhood.
• Keep pets indoors or in completely enclosed runs, especially at night, and keep dogs on a short leash.
• Don't run away or turn your back on a coyote, but rather make noise and make yourself look larger.
• Work with neighbors to make sure fallen fruit, pet food, dirty barbecue grills and unsecured trash are removed.
For more information, visit www.urbancoyoteresearch.com.