More Coyote Sightings in Geneva Possible as Mating Period Begins

Coyote mating season is approaching and sightings may become even more common throughout the next few months.

Pet owners may want to keep a closer eye on the family dog in the coming months as coyote sightings in Geneva may become even more common.

February through April is the typical period for coyote mating and area municipalities have issued warnings to residents to take precautions.

"Coyotes are opportunistic and will go for easy prey, such as an unattended pet," according to the notice.

Although coyotes prefer to be far away from humans, they still test their limits and could become aggressive toward domestic dogs.

"Each encounter teaches a coyote something new, and without negative reinforcements, a coyote can develop aggressive habits," according to the forest preserve. "A coyote may start to regularly move through residential areas or around parks or schools; walk down streets or sidewalks; bask in yards or parks; decrease the distance between itself and humans or pets; or chase or attack pets during the day, even those on leashes or near their owners." 

Here are some tips when encountering coyotes:

  • Exhibit caution, but be confident and bold. Make loud noises and make yourself look larger by raising your hands above your head or flaring clothing; this type of reaction may help to re-instill a fear of humans.
  • Do not be submissive, turn your back, or run.
  • If a coyote follows you it’s likely you are walking through its territory and it is merely escorting or “shadowing” you to make sure you are not a threat.
  • Although unlikely, if you encounter aggressive behavior, throw clods of earth or sticks near the ground by the coyote first, and then, if necessary, toward its body – never at its head.

Pet owners need to be wary. Coyotes are territorial and their survival instincts are strong. They are known to kill foxes to remove competition, and individual coyotes may view a dog in a similar manner.

Pet owners should consider taking the following precautions:

  • Walk dogs on a leash. Small dogs may be viewed as potential prey while large dogs may be perceived by coyotes as a threat to themselves or their pups.
  • Never leave dogs unattended in the yard and always keep them inside at night.
  • Keep your yard well-illuminated when outdoors at night with your pet.
  • Keep cats indoors.

More tips to help residents protect themselves and their pets:

  • Do not encourage coyotes by feeding them; coyotes that are fed can lose their fear of people.
  • Keep pet food and water dishes inside.
  • Keep grills and barbecues clean.
  • If possible, do not keep garbage cans outside.
  • Clear all bushes and dense weeds near the home where coyotes might go for cover.
Sandy Klimowski February 05, 2013 at 02:14 PM
We had single "dog" tracks (no human tracks) through our garden, into our yard and through the neighbor's yard, into the front and across the street in the fresh snow yesterday morning. Dogs went nuts with the smells and wanted to track.
EdMax February 07, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Hi, Indeed we see coyotes in our area nearly daily, I live over in Blackberry Creek. It is very common. What I thought was interesting/noteworthy happened this morning around 4:45AM while driving home from the Chick-fila promotion. Generally I keep a camera in my car at all times, sadly this morning I had left it home. Getting to the point, I missed a rare opportunity to capture a photo of wolf in the field south of Main St in the West Main Community Park.. Yes the nay sayers will likely jump in on this post with all kinds of doubts, but I can say with 100% accuracy, there was a wolf standing 30 yards from the roadway in clear sight. I thought it was easily the most exciting thing I have seen here since the 70's when I found a dead black bear along the fox river.
Lynette February 08, 2013 at 05:10 PM
There is a pack of them that live off of Peck road behind fisher farms. I hear them howling over kills often. One time they were in the yard and quite honestly it was eerie to have them so close. I'm waiting for them to eat the dogs that are left out all night in fenced in yards. I've heard that coyotes can clear 6 foot fences.
Ryan m February 09, 2013 at 10:04 AM
@edmax ... Global warming is the reason you saw a wolf in the area, furthermore .. Chik fil a??? That food is not even real!
G.Ryan February 11, 2013 at 03:57 AM
I was out running about one week ago in the evening and heard an owl hooting. The owl continued his hoot so I follow his bellow. I found him on top of my neighbor's roof. I made noise back at him and he took off like lightning. I believe he was waiting for 2 of my neighbor's small dogs as they let them out in their front yard. I hope I scared him away. Owls are also evil predators and will not hesitate to take a small dog, bird or rabbit. I have read they swallow their prey whole. This owl was HUGE, about the size of a GOOSE. I was amazed at this size and speed on take off.


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