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Posted on: February 14, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Living With Wildlife

Westmont, Illinois

Date Issued: February 14, 2019


The Village of Westmont reminds citizens that the next 4-6 weeks is mating season for coyotes throughout much of the Midwest. Do not let your dogs out alone and do not allow your outdoor cats to roam. Although coyotes are prevalent in outlying and rural areas, they are also thriving in suburban and urban areas.

Coyote breeding typically peaks in late February and early March, the gestation period averages 58 to 63 days. Male coyotes can become more aggressive during this time of year, the long and short of it all is that coyotes always pose a risk to your dog and other small pets. That risk increases during mating season.

Spay or neuter your pet. Coyotes are attracted to and can mate with unspayed or unneutered domestic dogs. Unspayed female dogs in season can attract male coyotes.  Unneutered male dogs can be lured away by the scent of a female coyote in her ovulation cycle.

Additionally, male dogs can be lured by the female coyote’s scent and killed by male coyotes. You should also be mindful that clever coyotes learn the daily schedules of people and their pets. If you let your dog out every evening at 9 p.m., chances are that a coyote is well aware of your routine. So change your schedule a bit, walk your dog on leash close to you, and keep a close eye on them at all times.

Coyote mating season peaks in late winter.  Please monitor all small pets when outside.

Coyote rules of caution:

  • Never feed coyotes — it is illegal to feed coyotes in most places. Feeding endangers your family and neighbors as it lures coyotes into neighborhoods.
  • Keep unattended cats and dogs indoors or in completely enclosed runs, especially at night, and do not assume that a fence will keep a coyote out of your backyard.
  • Accompany your leashed pet outside. Make sure you turn on lights if it is dark to check your backyard for unexpected wildlife.
  • Keep dogs on short leashes while walking outside; the Division of Wildlife recommends a leash no longer than six feet.
  • Leave noisemakers on hand to scare away coyotes that may enter your yard, such as whistles and horns.
  • Yell, clap hands, blow a whistle and try to make yourself look larger if you have a close encounter with a coyote. 

Skunk mating season is also upon us. In the winter and early spring skunks may be seen out of their dens at almost any time of day, especially before and after long periods of snow cover or prolonged cold weather. Skunks do not hibernate in winter; they do sleep more but will come out of the den to forage for food when they are not snowed in.

Following are some link about co-existing with these animals:

http://www.dupageforest.org

http://www.dupageforest.org/plants-wildlife/wildlife/living-with-wildlife

More questions? Please feel free to contact Rosanne Terry at rterry@westmont.il.gov or 630-981-6378.


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Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont

Communications Director/Public Information Officer

630-417-0280

lmcintyre@westmont.il.gov


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