Wheaton police warn of coyote attacks on pets

Published: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

WHEATON – A suburban Chicago police department is urging residents to be vigilant about their pets, saying they’ve fielded more reports of coyote attacks on small dogs.

Wheaton police said an officer saw a coyote snatch a small, unleashed dog Nov. 27.

On Sunday, a small dog had to be euthanized after it was attacked by a coyote in a fenced yard. In another incident, two coyotes ran off with a dog that was outside a home.

Police said the cases underscore the need for pets to be leashed, and that fences don’t guarantee a pet’s safety.

Authorities said coyotes are more visible now as food becomes scarcer and young coyotes leave their families.

Anyone encountering a coyote should shout, clap, run toward it or throw something in its direction.

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