An educational forum to address the recent increase in coyote sightings is scheduled for next month, according to the Animal Control Unit.
City officials hope to answer any questions residents may have about these sightings during the forum, which takes place at the on Aug. 6 at 7 p.m.
While sightings aren't new to Naperville, they are becoming more common. In June, it was reported that a resident was confronted by a coyote in a Naperville park while out walking a dog.
The Naperville Police Department’s Animal Control Unit has also responded to an increase in coyote sightings and encounters within the city as well. Animal control officers have reported that most encounters are from a distance and the coyote prefers to stay away from human interaction, according to officials.
How to minimize coyote encounters to protect yourself as well as pets:
- Do not encourage coyotes by feeding them.
- Keep pet food and water dishes inside.
- Keep barbeque grills clean.
- If possible, do not keep garbage cans outside
- Clear away all bushes and dense weeds near your home where coyotes might seek cover.
If an encounter does occur, officials recommend residents follow these tips:
- Be confident and bold. Make loud noises and make yourself larger by raising your hands above your head or flaring clothing.
- Do not be submissive, turn your back, or run.
- If you are followed by a coyote, you are likely walking through its territory and it is merely escorting or “shadowing” you to make sure you are not a threat.
- Although unlikely, if you encounter aggressive behavior, throw clods of earth, or sticks near the ground by the coyote first, and then, if necessary, towards its body.
Keep your pets safe:
- Walk your dog or cat on a leash.
- Never leave dogs or cats unattended in the yard and always keep them inside at night.
- Keep your yard well-illuminated when outdoors at night with your pet.