Coyotes Attack Three Dogs, Killing One Pit Bull and Injuring Another That Were Apparently Protecting a French Bulldog in Deerfield

Kathy Crann said she came home to find her dog Maggie “mangled” and dead in the snow after coyotes got into her backyard and attacked her dogs.

A group of coyotes is suspected of attacking three dogs in a North Shore backyard, killing one pit bull and wounding another around 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

Deerfield pet owner Kathy Crann believes a group of coyotes entered through a small hole in a fence at the perimeter of her backyard, and targeted her 17-pound French bulldog, Louie.

Crann believes her two approximately 40-pound pit bulls — 4-year-old Clover and 5-year-old Maggie — saved Louie, the French bulldog. She said that Maggie was killed while defending Louie, and Clover suffered injuries to her face. Maggie was horrifically injured, according to Kathy Crann.

Louie only suffered minor bites to his ears.

Kathy Crann’s veterinarian told her that it was likely that a group of coyotes committed the attack because a single coyote would not be likely to attack two 40-pound pit bulls.

Because of the first-time occurrence, Crann urged all area dog owners to keep an eye on their pets. She said she no longer let her dogs out in the yard alone, and likely would take them on more walks.

Even without the hole in the fence, coyotes are capable of leaping the fence that was visible in the CBS Chicago video. Coyotes are capable of grabbing and running with small dogs, making it nearly impossible to rescue a dog that is not on a leash.

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Coyotes were spotted on Thursday afternoon December 13, 2018 in the area of Deerfield Road and Chestnut Street in Deerfield. The neighborhood is not far from two golf courses, and Somme Woods, Chipilly Woods, and Sunset Ridge Woods to the southeast. Deerfield is also close to the network of forest preserves along the Des Plaines River to the west and the woods associated with the Skokie Lagoons, Skokie River and Chicago Botanic Garden to the east.

Lake County officials recommend that citizens who encounter a coyote in their yard should shout and wave their arms to intimidate coyotes. Whistling, or blasting horns to discourage coyotes from feeling comfortable in their yards. Officials in Arlington Heights have also warned against leaving food out, here coyotes could end up feeling comfortable in the neighborhood, or could be attracted to the neighborhood.

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