Grayslake Police Work to Control Coyote Population After Attacks of Small Dogs


The Grayslake Police Department has received several reports of coyotes traversing some neighborhoods over the past few weeks. In some instances, small dogs have fallen victim to coyote attacks.

(Grayslake police removed a post about curbing their coyote population.)

In response to these reports, the Grayslake Police Department is contacting area trappers in an effort to control and/or curb the area coyote population. Although coyotes prefer to stay hidden and travel along established routes, (i.e. railroad tracks, rivers, nature paths, or easements) coyotes will venture into more populated areas to obtain food. In an effort to identify possible locations of coyote dens, the Grayslake Police Department is asking residents to send coyote sightings to the Village’s Request for Service System by calling 847-223-8515.

While the Village is making arrangements for professional assistance, we are requesting residents to do the following:

• Stay away from any observed coyote. They are wild, unpredictable, and dangerous.
• Eliminate food sources for animals that are prey for a coyote (i.e. loose garbage, garbage bags, open food, wildlife, bird or squirrel food).
• Do not feed stray, wild, or feral animals.
• Do not leave small pets out of the home unleashed or unsupervised.
• Keep all fenced areas closed and hopefully inaccessible to coyotes.
• Report any coyote sightings via the request for service web site
• Report any aggressive animal behavior via 911 for possible police intervention (although we are not trained in animal trapping, we may scare an aggressive animal from the neighborhood).

The Village of Grayslake will keep citizens apprised of coyote issues as they unfold. Thank you for your cooperation.

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