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Coyotes Spotted in Channahon and Minooka: Where You've Seen Them

We compiled a map of recent coyote sightings in town. Here's what you need to know about the elusive animals.

Patch readers in Channahon and Minooka have been concerned about the impact that the local coyotes might have on their small pets. Residents in Minooka especially have reported their small pets being taken by the wildlife.

We put together a map for you to see where residents have reported seeing coyotes. If you live in Grundy County, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the Grundy County Board members once again approved a $15 bounty for the ears of a coyote someone brings in that was killed in Grundy County. For those of you in Will County, the Channahon Police offer the following tips to keep coyotes out of your yard.

  • Don’t feed any wild animals such as raccoons or deer, which encourages coyotes as well.
  • Keep cats indoors at all times, if possible.
  • Keep your dog on a leash.
  • Don’t leave cat or dog food outside for extended periods of time.
  • Secure garbage in areas where coyotes can’t access it; keep yards clean of refuse and brush.
  • Do not let pets out at night unless accompanied by a person.

Police also advise that if you do encounter a coyote, a loud noise is usually enough to scare them away.

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Thegdnurse October 12, 2012 at 02:16 PM
They have been roaming all through my subdivision, which is in town in Shorewood, frequently at night. During nice nights I would leave my upstairs bedroom cracked & late at night you can hear them howling and calling each other for hours. Sometimes they sounded very close to our home. We have a lot dogs in our subdivision too so this has brought up concerns for us.
John October 12, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Coyotes are God's creatures as well, there's no need to kill them. We need to respect them as well as our pets. Be diligent in protecting what is yours; don't let your animals roam around outside when you know there are predators lurking. Use common sense! It's easy to kill wildlife because some of us are too lazy to be a bit more watchful. We don't own this planet...we share it with other life forms.
FP October 12, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Well said John. I live in Channahon & have 2 dogs. My house butts up to an open field edged by a small wooded area, needless to say I've seen. & heard coyotes. I have no fence , I keep a flash light by my back door & a set of child symbols next to it. I always scan and watch the field & my yard at night when I let my pups out & keep the symbols on my pocket just in case. We need to be proactive, not killers.
Scotty October 13, 2012 at 01:26 AM
The pelts will be prime in a couple months. Time to sight in the rifle.
Wayne October 13, 2012 at 08:44 AM
There are several daily, N/E of I-55 & I-80 - Shorewood/Joliet area..No pets there, so they get my scraps...
Scotty October 15, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Feeding them only reduces their fear of man and encourages them to come into nieghborhoods in search of food. They are known to kill pets, cats and dogs. Where is your bait pile I'll come over and take care of them for you. There is a reason there is an open season on coyotes. There are way to many of them and they are a real threat to the other wildlife in the area.
Kathy Winge November 18, 2012 at 03:08 AM
I spotted three coyotes in the last month in my subdivision. I saw two on Church and Wabasso and one coming from the field behind Shawnee, walking down Buffalo. All in Minooka.
Steve Coffman November 27, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Any farmers open to allowing coyote hunting on their land in Minooka/Channahon?
Steve Coffman November 27, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Allow me to reword, open to responsible, controlled coyote hunting. Although I greatly respect the coyote, especially the ability to adapt and survive, their numbers are at an all time high. They do pose a threat to livestock, pets, and humans. Although their attacks may be nothing more to them than a way to eat and survive by taking the the least resistive, closest food source it is none the less unsafe. As stated in an earlier post, if someone where to check on the Illinois DNR website for what is considered "coyote season" it is January 1 of any given year to December 31 of that year and is this for good reason.
Paul Hastings December 06, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Multiple coyotes and foxes being seen between the hours of 3-4:30 a.m. on the streets of Heritage and Pioneer in the Aux Sable community of Minooka. Both my wife and I have talked with several neighbors who have witnessed either a single coyote or a coyote pack running together. Our indoor cat of five years had recently gotten out of the house and has been missing for a week. Our neighbors are reporting missing animals for the past 3-4 months in our area. Grundy Animal Control has reported that there is nothing that can be done. We do not advocate killing animals, domesticated or wild, for any reason, if necessary. However, we find it just simply amazing that if a domestic animal is caught by animal control, fines are assessed to a owner to reclaim their pet but your can't catch coyotes and release them into the wild? This is a lawsuit in the making. At some point, a coyote is going to probably bite, mame or kill a child or an adult and then the local law enforcement and IDWR will become involved. We are extremely disappointed that these agencies are not taking the proper preventative measures to ensure the safety and well-being of domestic animals or humans. To date, our cat is still missing and probably will not return. Its time that these agencies whom I'm sure some of our taxpayer money funds them, steps up and stops placing a higher price on coyotes than on domesticated or human life.
John Kinder December 06, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Nice comment Paul but I don't understand how The patch has labeled your comment as "inappropriate". It was a point well made. Additionally, who is responsible for reimbursing the homeowners of their pets for their care such as neutering, rabie shots, food, the love and care for their animals? My dog was on a leash in our backyard which is fenced. I had walked back in my house and left our dog unattended. The next thing was that I heard the cries of our dog and looked out. It was horrific. A coyote killed our dog. I understand that coyotes can dig or jump fences of six foot. Anyone care to comment?
John Kinder December 06, 2012 at 10:23 PM
I think the community needs to band together by getting a petition signed, sealed and delivered to the appropriate agencies to remove these animals from our neighborhoods. Perhaps getting them moved to Montana might be a solution. As individuals, we are responsible for our pets and the laws that protect our wildlife, but the laws and agencies are also responsible in protecting domestic animals and human life. Our condolences to those who have lost their pets, livestock and the time they took in caring and in loving their animals by the coyotes. Perhaps the real reason why nothing is being done to rid the coyotes in our neighborhoods is because the state is too busy trying to fix 83 billion dollar pension issue!
Paul Hastings December 06, 2012 at 11:24 PM
John we appreciate your comments. Why aren't these coyotes being tagged to understand possible over-breeding and their respective migratory patterns? Anyone have any thoughts or wish to add a comment? Lets see if the Humane Society or the ASCEP can get involved....
Steve Coffman December 09, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I would like to offer condolences to those who have lost their pets to coyotes. Understanding these animals is important to controlling their numbers. Yes, they can easily jump six feet high fences. They are one of very few wild animals whose numbers have increased while habitat boundaries have been overtaken by humans. They are capable of running at speeds of 40 miles an hour. They have an unbelievable well advanced ability of smell, sight, and hearing making them very difficult to hunt or trap. They are very adept at escaping traps and when they do are very well educated at how to avoid them. It will take an effort of government agencies, land/home owners, and hunters working together to make any impact on their numbers. Catching/moving coyotes would be a very expensive option, not to mention Montana, the Dakotas, Minnesota already have high coyote populations. Wildlife Management is just that, management. Not eradication. If you look at the history of hunting the coyote in this country has had and it greatly reducing the coyotes numbers it's not going to happen. But I do feel it is a tool to be used in the management of the coyote population

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