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Posted on: January 22, 2021

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Living with Wildlife Coyotes

Winter is mating season for coyotes, beginning the last week in January through the middle of March. Coyotes are most protective of their territory when they are mating, and when they have pups, which normally occurs between May and June. Food sources include rabbits, and an assortment of small rodents, birds, frogs, skunks, berries, and insects. Please review these important reminders below on how we can live with coyotes and keep our families and pets safe:

  • Coyotes will eat feral and free-roaming cats; the only way to keep house cats safe from coyotes is to keep them indoors. 
  • Garbage cans should be kept closed and pet food stored inside.
  • Always supervise dogs in areas where coyotes are present, even in the backyard of a home. 
  • To minimize the possibility of an encounter with a coyote, residents who walk their dogs should keep them on a leash and stay on designated trails.

If an individual or a pet has been bitten by a coyote, or if a coyote has been injured or appears to be ill, please contact Lake County Animal Care and Control at (847) 377-4700. 

All coyotes in Illinois are protected by the state and under the policy protection of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). A valid hunting or trapping permit is required from IDNR or from a licensed professional. 

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