POLL: Are More Coyotes Coming Into Downtown Geneva?

Have you spotted more than the usual number of coyotes in residential areas this year?

Frequent Patch contributor asked me a not-so-rhetorical question Sunday at the .

"Have you heard more reports lately about coyotes in downtown Geneva?" he asked.

I hadn't, I said. At least I hadn't seen any in the reports or heard anything on the scanner. Once in awhile, of course, people will report to Tri-Com that a coyote is near their home. A few times, someone has spotted one close to a school.

We live across from so it's not all that unusual for us to spy a coyote in the "back 40" detention area between Good Templar and Moore Park. And of course, see foxes and other wildlife all the time on our multiple daily walks between here and the river.

Maybe some of those foxes actually are coyotes. I would have sworn the animal in Colin's photos, attached here, was a fox, but he assures me it was a coyote—on Sixth Street in downtown Geneva, no less.

It wasn't the first he's seen in downtown Geneva, either.

"In the 10 years we have been here, we have had one coyote sighting, until this year," he said in a followup e-mail. "In the last month, we have had four."

The most recent spotting was June 2.

"Then about two weeks ago, we saw one at Fifth and Franklin on our way to the French market, and when we mentioned it to a vendor he told us he had seen one a few minutes ago with a rabbit in it's mouth. Two separate animals, I think.

"Are others seeing more coyotes in downtown Geneva?" he added. "I'm curious to know."

So am I.

Please take the following Patch poll, and if you spot a coyote anywhere in the city limits, add a comment to this article with the date, time and location. If you've got a photo, attach it here, too.

Maybe together we can track this intruders, no matter how wily they might be.

Sandy Klimowski June 08, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Colin, I just spent the last several minutes watching the fox saunter down James Street from the courthouse, around the building at 5th and James and then through The State Bank of Geneva parking lot before I lost sight of him. He is a beautiful animal and I'm glad I had the opportunity to see him that closely.
Colin C. June 08, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Sandy, I take it that was around 9-9:30? Darn, I was walking east on James about 9:45 and missed it entirely. However, maybe that's why my resident ducks left early this morning.
Sandy Klimowski June 08, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Colin, it was actually much earlier - 7:40 a.m. I was headed into work and the guy in the truck who was whistling at me was just doing it to catch my attention and point out the fox.
Colin C. June 08, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I just uploaded photos of a fox and a coyote from the internet. I stand corrected. What I originally saw does resemble a fox more than a coyote. It had shorter hair, not as fluffy, seemed taller than the fox in the internet photo but the general size and coloring are much closer to fox than coyote. BTW, several years ago a number of people west of the Tri-Cities were complaining about the presence of foxes/coyotes and the danger to their pets. At the same time we were experiencing a severe drought and the increased water usage west of town was lowering the water table, forcing some to drill deeper wells at great expense. I suggested that we could solve both problems by reintroducing grizzly bears to the area. That would reduce the coyote/fox population as well as water usage (think about going out to water the lawn with bears around? Better to stay in watching Animal Planet on TV and let the grass die!). Of course, as usual, no one did anything.
edn June 10, 2012 at 01:47 PM
There seems to be pictures of both fox & coyote. Fox are prettier animals more reddish brown in color with thinner legs & bushy tail. The coyotes west of Randall at least are scruffy looking. There is one which is much larger than the rest. Not sure if it is female or not. I pick up their scat weekly while mowing our lawn. I have no doubt the large rabbit population in our neighborhood attracts them and am amazed that many of my neighbors still leave their small dogs out with the electric fences. I have seen a coyote easily hop over my neighbors’ 5’ fence with a bunny in its mouth! They are spotted boldly during all hours of the day!


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