What is there to do? People have moved in and crossed lines and taken over a great deal of land that used to belong to the wild animals of Illinois. Sadly enough some innocents are the ones paying the price for the sins of the majority.
This year alone several dogs have been attacked and killed by the coyote population in and around Wheaton, Illinois. The dogs were basically out in their own yards, minding their own business when the coyotes approached and attacked. Several of the dogs were too small to be able to fight back. Can we necessarily blame the coyotes? Absolutely not! They are just surviving.
That fact does not help to make the dog owners, especially the children owning the dogs feel any better about losing their beloved canine. It would be very difficult indeed as dog owners would agree, but animal lovers still would not necessarily want to consider the demise of the coyotes simply to solve the issues. Is there not a better way?
The last attack took place on Friday, December 21st at 11:45 p.m. on the 600 block of Plamondon Court in Wheaton. The canine victim was a black and white schnauzer. The coyote jumped the resident’s fence and attacked the little dog.
Attacks have dated back the last couple of years, from the small dog attacked and killed in November of 2010 to the Bichon that survived the coyote attack in December of 2010. This year the story that was heart-wrenching to say the least was about the puppy that was killed that belonged to a young girl that had raised the money to buy her own dog. Shortly afterward, Evie and Pippen, two small dogs, were able to survive another attack. The end of October brought more tragedy when another coyote jumped a fence and attacked another dog on Brighton Drive, thankfully that dog lived. At the end of November, a coyote attacked and killed a dog in Warrenville.
Other reports were filed and online and print papers tracked the spottings. A coyote policy was put into effect and residents were asked to follow the policy standards. Unfortunately, even if everything is followed to a tee, there are accidents and sadly enough there are victims.
This time of year it is difficult to lose anyone. For some people their pets are cherished family members and the loss hurts right down to the core. Let’s all begin by following Wheaton’s coyote policy and not feeding and deterring these wild animals from our residences but let’s also not forget that they have to have a place to live as well and we may just be the issue in our own dilemma.