Coyotes Attack From Behind

Walking my dog and coyotes attack

My dog Dakota and I were walking along the trails behind the BG Fitness Center and the Park District golf dome today when we were attacked from behind by two coyotes.  Dakota is not a small dog, she's part siberian husky/whippet mix and weighs 38 pounds.  

We walk these trails at least 3 times a week and we've had coyote sitings for well over a year along this same trail.  Just six weeks ago I notified the village by email that Dakota and I were alerted to sounds of what seemed like little dogs barking and then the howls.  I knew instantly it was coyotes and I wrote the village asking them to at least put up a sign that there was a coyote den so people would be alerted.  I received a reply back that the village didn't own the land, the park district does and they'd forward the email onto them. 

Following the advice of all the warnings on what to do when confronted with coyotes, I've either yelled at the top of my lungs if nowhere to run, I carry a big stick or usually I turn around and avoid their area.  Today as we were on the path I saw the two coyotes 30 feet in front of me and turned around.  I didn't want Dakota to notice so I'm quick about it.  I decide to do the lower half of the park area and making my second loop near the bike park out of nowhere Dakota yanks me backward, I fall to the ground and I see the coyotes.  I scream, one runs away but Dakota has already attacked the other coyote.  Because the yank was so hard the retractable leash flew out of my hand and I believe it hit the coyote in the head causing it to run away.  All the while I'm screaming.  Luckily Dakota was wearing a harness because it appears the coyote bit through the harness and the metal clip prevented Dakota's skin from being ripped open.  Dakota had a mouth full of hair from the coyote but appears to be okay. 

After following up with the vet and getting Dakota settled, I went to the park district to let them know what happened.  I did this because according to the email reply I received weeks ago, the village couldn't help me.  Not that a sign is going to do anything but at least people who aren't familiar with the area will be warned, there are a ton of kids on these paths daily!  Since informing the park district, I've spoken with a village representative and the police department.  I joked with the police dept because not sure what they can do about it.  But I filed a report.  What's truly scary is the coyotes had to track us to come up from behind.  That's aggressive behavior and thats what is so alarming.   I'm told that the coyote dens can't be removed because they're protected.   I'm not trying to place blame on anyone - it's no ones fault.  My concern is that just doing our own due diliegence isn't working.  The coyotes are aggressive enough they wanted my dog who was within six feet of me and on a leash. 

The village highlights our beautiful trails on their website as an ammenity to our community.  If it's not the villages responsibility to keep us safe, the park district has no jurisidiction over a coyote den and the police can only take a report - who is responsible for protecting the citizens against what is becoming a real concern?  What if it's a child walking their dog next time or kids just hanging out on the trails?  Why are the coyote dens protected but the citizens aren't?


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randall richardson February 14, 2013 at 03:37 PM
It's unlikely that you saw a wolf in these parts. There are NO wolves in Illinois, most especially in populated areas. Probably a coyote. We have lived in BG for 27 years and have been seeing coyotes for years. If you walk at night, take a flashlight and look for them. You will see them. They are watching you. Even in the residential neighborhoods. The problem is that they are getting used to seeing people and thats where the aggressiveness comes into the picture. There are millions of acres away from towns that these animals can live and raise litters. I'm not saying we should exterminate them but we shouldn't have to tolerate their aggressiveness right in our own backyards. Wait until a small child gets attacked. It could happen! I grew up in farming country and when the coyote population became a problem, such as killing sheep, chickens and even small calves, we went on hunts and thinned out the population. The problems lessened until the coyote population restored itself, which it always did.
Cristel Mohrman February 25, 2013 at 10:48 PM
I continue to hear reports of coyotes in our area. If you've seen one, please add a marker on this map to show us where it was! http://buffalogrove.patch.com/articles/where-have-you-spotted-coyotes-in-buffalo-grove
Paul Kozem February 26, 2013 at 05:03 PM
why do we have to live in fear of them ? carry pepper spray, ( oven spray will work too) these are not dogs, they are savage predators that would gladly kill YOU if they were big enough. A small pistol would be nice if you ever get conceal carry in Illinois.
Paul Kozem February 26, 2013 at 05:11 PM
What kind of nation of cowards have we become that we let coyotes dictate how we move about? Are going to let our children be endangered by a a rabid coyete at the playground or soceer field? Or even your own back yard? Pepper spray works on bears in Alaska, so its advisable at the least to be armed with it and a whistle.
Kalen Carlson May 05, 2013 at 02:21 AM
I just had an encounter with a coyote on a BG trail today. Walking with my 30 pound dog and a coyote came up from behind and nudged my dog- he ran off to the side of the trail and watched us. I yelled at the coyote and that frightened him for a minute, but he kept following us. I continued to yell and then started to run. The coyote chased us. He was really close to my dog and was showing his teeth. I was screaming for help. The worst part of this is that I am 30 weeks pregnant. I came to this trail thinking I would be safe as there are usually a lot of people around. Thankfully, I finally came upon a road and some people. I was hysterical. These kind people waited with me while my husband came to pick me up. I called the BG police and reported this, but they said they really couldn't do anything. Not only do I feel violated, I am angry that I no longer have courage to take a walk with my dog. It's a horrible situation and feel that citizens need to stand up and make something happen. We should not have to live like this. If I knew that a coyote would be this aggressive, I would have carried a weapon or just walked in my neighborhood (though they are also in my neighborhood). So, I appreciate Danette's attempts to alert people are very good. I just wish the media would highlight how aggressive they've become.


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