Cook County Urges Residents and Pet Owners to Take Precautions to Avoid Coyote Encounters

January 9, 2020

More than 1,500 coyotes reside throughout Cook County. While they are very unlikely to attack humans, it is important to take precautions to ensure the safety of residents and their pets. Cook County’s Animal and Rabies Control offers the following tips:

  • Do not leave food outdoors for your pet. That can be a welcome invitation for coyotes.
  • Walk dogs on a short leash and always be aware of your surroundings.
  • If letting a dog out in the yard, especially a small dog, always supervise the animal. Coyotes can easily climb a fence and snatch your pet in seconds.
  • Switch up your routine. Coyotes are smart and can learn your schedule. If you always let Fido out or take him for a walk at a certain time, coyotes will learn that and be ready at that time.
  • If you see a coyote, make loud noises, jump around and bang on garbage cans or whatever else is around. They should fear humans – it’ll keep residents and their pets safe.