More Coyote Sightings Reported in Buffalo Grove

Learn where coyotes have been spotted in our area and share your experiences with us here.

Coyotes continue to be spotted in the Buffalo Grove area, residents report.

after resident Danette Hayes reported that two coyotes attacked her dog during a walk.

Since then, Patch readers have reported seeing coyotes in other nearby neighborhoods.

Long Grove resident Laurie Diepenbrock Kelley posted on Buffalo Grove Patch’s Facebook fan page that she’s seen coyotes on multiple occasions near Half Day and Buffalo Grove roads. “Please be careful with your pets outdoors,” she warned.

Another Facebook fan, Lisa Michal Boxenbaum, wrote that she’s seen coyotes cross Weiland Road behind Creekside Plaza. “Definitely more sightings than previous years,” she said.

Buffalo Grove resident John J. Kleeman shared on Patch multiple photos he captured of coyotes. One of those photos is attached here. View the rest in this gallery.

Have you seen coyotes in the area lately? Where? Are you taking precautions as a result? Tell us in the comment section below. 

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Keith D February 14, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Good for them, its nice to see that they are able to survive. Coyotes eat a lot of mice and other vermin, rarely will they go after dogs. I have not seen the fox in our neighborhood (by Didier Farms) for over 18 months and I noticed that the mice are a lot more plentiful and problematic. Foxes and Coyotes eat mice -- one of their primary food sources, which is good for all of us.
Jon DeMarc February 14, 2013 at 03:47 PM
I agree. I think all of the wildlife that has rebounded during my lifetime in the Chicago area is great! I still remember the first time I saw a wild hawk in the suburbs in the 90's. I thought I was seeing a bird that had escaped from a zoo or something! Don't feed your pets outside or leave food, bones or rawhides outside. Never leave your dogs alone outside especially if they are smaller than a coyote.
J February 14, 2013 at 03:49 PM
http://www.lcfpd.org/docs/media_pub_25097.pdf Coyotes eat what they can to survive. Although they have some favorite foods, as noted in the link fo the Lake County Forest Preserves,above, they will also go for left out birdseed, dogfood, catfood, messy garbage, etc. So...all you folks with the birdfeeders, watchout. Having it off the ground will not detour the coyote from going after it and also the small birds and squirrels which go for the birdseed. And, they also go for the ferrel cats that go for the birds who go for the birdseed.. Also, isn't it mating season around this time?
Paul Ebelhack February 14, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Our home on Aspen Dr backs up to AH Rd and it's not uncommon to see coyotes on the west side of AH. I assume they're based in or around Buff Creek Preserve because of the space and food sources, but I agree animals will go wherever they need to to feed, especially in the winter. We have an 80 lb Doberman in a fully fenced yard but we keep an eye out when he's outside. We don't want to see him or the coyotes injured.
Coyotes are being seen all over Lake, McHenry, etc counties. With the warm winter they've been able to survice quite nicely. Been in the Fox Lake area for decades and will be there when we're all gone. They travel the train tracks to wherever they want to go, ask any railroad employee. 2 weeks ago saw one just 'sauntering along' down the tracks right in front of the Ingleside Metra station.
Patti February 14, 2013 at 06:39 PM
I am truly happy to see coyotes, hawks, owls, etc. throughout the neighborhood. I do get upset when people purposely try to poison or hurt them. How soon they forget they we stole their land from them.
randall richardson February 14, 2013 at 07:18 PM
We didn't steal anything from them. They are squatters, nothing more,nothing less. There are millions of acres they could live on and have little or no contact with people. They are here because they can dig through garbage and steal small pets to survive.Don't get me wrong, I enjoy seeing them but won't do anything to encourage them to come near my home. The first time a coyote attacks a small child(it could happen)everyone will be whining "why didn't the authorities do something,they should have known this would happen".
sheila February 15, 2013 at 02:35 AM
We back up to Willow Stream park/pool; we see coyotes at a minimum of once a week.
Ellen February 15, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Coming back from a late night errand to the Jewel, I spotted a coyote crossing Green Knolls Dr. I watched as it headed down the bike path toward the pond. Our house backs up to Green Lake Park and in 20 years, that was the first coyote I'd ever seen in that area.
Alan Danenberg February 18, 2013 at 05:10 PM
We live in Old Farm Village, right off Thompson. I surprised two coyotes running through our yard very early this morning as I was taking my dog out to relieve herself. Our yard isn't fenced, so I have to put the dog on a leash and go out with her. Good thing I don't just tie her out there to roam. One was rather large, maybe 50 pounds, the other was smaller. It was still dark out, but they were clear, even triggering a neighbor's motion sensor light.
Darcy Gans February 18, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Several weeks ago -- in broad daylight on a Sunday afternoon -- a coyote raced across our front yard near Tripp Elementary School. On at least two other occasions, I have seen coyotes cross Buffalo Grove Road just north of the Route 83 intersection. Both of these sightings were at dusk -- I assume they were headed to the wooded area near the Buffalo Grove Health Club. Three years ago, we had some issues with coyotes in our immediate neighborhood -- this was the first time I had seen a coyote since early 2010.
Cristel Mohrman (Editor) February 25, 2013 at 07:23 PM
I just created an interactive map that lets you add markers to places where you've seen coyotes. Please jump in at http://buffalogrove.patch.com/articles/where-have-you-spotted-coyotes-in-buffalo-grove?logout=true!
Cynthia Blumberg February 26, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Coyotes, like mice, rats, foxes and skunks do well in areas populated with humans. Coyotes sometimes do attack humans, usually small children. Rabies is often an issue when a human is attacked, especially an adult who wouldn't normally be considered prey by a coyote. It is not presently clear how much of a threat coyotes are to humans, though. Coyotes, like any wild animal, who have become comfortable around and accustomed to humans pose more of a threat. Homeowners can reduce the threat of nuisance coyotes by keeping their garbage secured, by feeding their pets indoors, and not feeding the wildlife. I'm sure that it is obvious that you should not approach or try to befriend a coyote. It is best if they are properly terrified of humans so they will steer clear of us, our pets, and our children. If you ever find yourself in the proximity of a coyote, don't run. They run faster than you and running away from them might make them see you as prey. Make yourself look as big as possible. Stretch out your arms, billow your clothes. Maintain eye contact and back away. Make a lot of noise. Throw things at the coyote.


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