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Reports of coyotes spotted in Hinsdale do occur on occasion. Here are a few reminders from the DuPage County Forest Preserve regarding coyote encounters and precautions you can take with pets and in your yard. 

  • Always supervise your dog and keep it on a leash — even in a fenced backyard. 
  • Always keep cats indoors.
  • Coyotes can be creatures of habit, so if you see one at the same time and place while walking your pet, change your route or timing.
  • If you have a small dog and encounter a coyote, pick up your pet.
  • If you’re followed by a coyote, don’t panic. It’s likely escorting or “shadowing” you through its territory, keeping a calm eye on you to ensure you don’t bother its den.
  • If a coyote approaches you, be big, loud and bold. Wave your hands above your head, or hold your jacket wide open. Shout or use a whistle or horn. Don’t turn your back or run; calmly walk away facing the coyote.
  • Never feed coyotes.
  • Keep pet food and water dishes inside.
  • Keep grills and barbecues clean.
  • If possible, keep garbage cans inside.
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