KCAC - Kane County Animal Control - 630-232-3555

Coyote Reporting

If you spot a coyote, please report the siting to Scientific Wildlife Managment

Wildlife Management

Mark Romano
Professional Trapper
Phone: 630-476-1198
markswildlife@comcast.net

Coexisting with Coyotes

Some tips on living near coyotes:

Coyotes are a permanent fixture in Kane County’s rural, suburban and urban areas. Seeing a coyote cross a field, backyard, road or golf course does not necessarily constitute a problem or dangerous situation, either for humans or domestic animals. Coyotes will be more active and more visible in latewinter/ early spring during their breeding season. Most coyotes are harmless; their goal is to eat more natural foods such as mice and rabbits. However, coyotes are opportunistic. If coyotes see easy food – such as open garbage – and aren’t afraid, they may take advantage. That puts them in direct line for a confrontation with pets. Coyotes aren’t interested in eating pets, these are territorial disputes. Studies have shown that attempts at eliminating all coyotes are not practical, economical or workable. When coyotes are removed others quickly move in.

Overpopulations of Canada geese and deer in urban and suburban areas have provided coyotes with plenty of food sources. In some cases, coyote predation on Canada geese eggs and goslings has slowed their reproduction to 1 percent to 2 percent, down from 10 percent and 20 percent. Coyotes also have been known to take fawns or diseased adult deer.

Hunting and trapping coyotes has mixed results. Hunting and trapping can help control populations in rural areas, and instills and maintains the natural fear coyotes have for humans. However, removing all coyotes from an area is unrealistic and always temporary.

For more information on coyotes in Illinois, contact Ray Eisbrener, Illinois DNR district wildlife biologist for Kane and McHenry County, at 815-675-2386, extension 316

For further education on Coyotes please read our Coyote Fact Sheet.