I have a nuisance coyote in my neighborhood. What can I do?

Please review this website; do you still consider the coyote a nuisance? Identifing the root of your issue may help resolve the conflict. If you believe a coyote is a direct threat to human safety (bold aggression such as growling, stalking, chasing), it should be reported to local authorities. Because cities vary on their response to coyotes, you may either need to contact your animal control, police department, or local DNR office. They can offer you further advice or respond as needed. Remember that a coyote that is simply present in your neighborhood is not a reason for alarm. Nuisance animals are those that are actually threatening or causing harm to you, your pets, or your property. The presence of coyotes in your yard suggests a food source; as long as it is not artificial, these animals may actually improve the ecological health of your yard by controlling other populations such as rodents and geese. If you are not comfortable with having coyotes nearby, you may have to hire a private trapper to have the animal removed. Be aware, however, that another individual or pack will likely backfill the area after removal of the target animal.

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Coyote 571 was a coyote who beat the odds, every time. She was captured first in December 2011, not yet a year old. Given her young age class and healthy appearance, she was fitted with a standard radio-collar and we stood back to see what her story would be. 571 turned out to be an amazing suburban animal. Although she did not navigate downtown Chicago streets, the Hoffman Estates/Schaumburg (IL) suburbs can often be an equally challenging network of traffic patterns (for human or animal).