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Despite their reputation, most coyotes do not cause problems for humans. In rare cases, they may kill livestock, poultry or small dogs and cats, but they are also often blamed for problems caused by other animals, Wildlife Illinois reports.
Coyotes are acclimated to living around people, so they may get closer to us and our homes than we are comfortable with. If coyotes are present in your neighborhood, keep close watch on your cats and small dogs.
If coyotes are a problem around your house, you may want to take corrective action to keep them away. Coyotes are easily attracted to areas where mice and other rodents are, so make sure to keep your garbage tightly secured and clean up the area under and around bird feeders, Wildlife Illinois advises. It’s also a good idea to make sure to feed your pets indoors only or carefully clean up after they’ve eaten outside.
Fences can also be an effective means of keeping coyotes off your property, but they must be at least 4 feet tall. Because coyotes are good at both jumping and digging, reinforcing the fence with a roll bar or installing a fence taller than 4 feet can be useful, Wildlife Illinois reports. If you keep livestock or poultry, make sure their enclosures are secure and that the animals have access to a secure shelter.
If animals on your property continue to cause damage after corrective measures have been taken, humanely trapping them may be necessary as a last report. Trapping a coyote to remove it from your property requires a permit from IDNR or a conservation police officer. When trying to trap a coyote, it is best to contract the services of a nuisance wildlife control operator who has experience with coyotes.
All wildlife in Illinois are under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The Forest Preserve District of Will County does not treat, rescue or remove wildlife from public or private property. Both the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Wildlife Illinois maintain lists of wildlife rehabilitators you can contact for assistance with injured wildlife.
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