On Thursday, December 17, 2020 at approximately 5:45 a.m. Palatine police officers responded to the block of 1200 South Parkside Drive to the a report of a coyote that attacked a small dog. The owner was walking their dog on a leash when the coyote ran up and bit the dog around it’s neck.
During the attack, the coyote pulled the dog from it’s collar and ran away with the dog still in its mouth. The victim witnessed a second coyote chasing the coyote which had the dog. It should be noted that South Parkside Drive is in close proximity to a park with a wooded area that coyotes possibly inhabit.
Responding officers searched the immediate area and were unable to locate the dog. Several hours after the initial attack the owner found her dog deceased in a common area of the complex the owner lives in.
Although reports involving coyotes attacking pets are rare occurrences in Palatine, there have been numerous coyote sightings in the area. Pet owners must stay vigilant and remember coyotes are indigenous to Palatine.
Helpful tips to remember:
Avoid leaving any food items or garbage outside; this includes food for squirrels and other wildlife. Do not feed coyotes.
Fallen fruit in yards should be picked up. It can attract coyotes.
Do not leave pets unattended outside. Leaving pets unattended or tied up in an area without fencing leaves a pet defenseless to escape a potential predator. Coyotes have been known to jump fences as high as 6’ feet and dig under a fence to obtain a food source.
Always walk your dog on a leash and never send a dog chasing after a coyote.
Reports of coyotes attacking humans are extremely rare. If you encounter a coyote, or a coyote attacks your pet make loud noises and waive your arms to scare the coyote off. At night, vigorous flashing of a flashlight at the coyote may scare it off. Do not turn your back or run.
Walking your dog during daylight hours is a best practice. Coyotes can be out at all times of day, but are most active between dusk and dawn. During cold weather/winter months, food is scarce for coyotes.
Coyotes have certain protections in the State of Illinois. For more information about coyotes in our area, you can contact the Palatine Police Department Animal Warden at 847-359-9000.
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