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Be sure to visit our scientific publications page for this OSU Extension bulletin

Be sure to visit our scientific publications page for this OSU Extension bulletin

Wondering who to call with your coyote concerns? If you are having a conflict with a coyote, you may need to contact your individual town's animal control or police department to learn about their protocols for handling coyote issues since each municipality and agency may respond differently. You may also contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for further guidance. In most instances, removal of a non-dangerous coyote (i.e., one that is simply present but not causing harm) will be the responsibility of the individual homeowner. In this case, you will need to contract with a licensed wildlife trapper. Wildlife handling of any type should always be provided by a professional. 

In non-threatening situations, our research indicates that often it is best to leave coyotes where they are since removal of one animal does not ensure removal of coyotes from your area in general. Most municipalities have adopted this belief. 

Coyote scat within view of Chicago skyline

Coyote scat within view of Chicago skyline

Because we are research driven, assisting private home owners with their individual issues with coyotes is usually not logistically possible. We are happy, however, to speak with you to offer any guidance we can if you do not find the resources you need online.

Please review other resource menu items for additional support that may alleviate your problems with a specific coyote or answer remaining questions you might have about coyotes.

Former research associate Justin Brown, after just catching 434 for collaring

Coyote 434 is a good example of how human behaviors, such as feeding wildlife, can result in coyotes becoming a nuisance. 434 was captured on February 18, 2010, in a marsh surrounded by a subdivision and miles of urbanization. She was a young female, approximately 10 months old, and weighed 13.1 kg. Although this was the peak of the breeding season, she was not in breeding condition. A GPS collar was placed on coyote 434, which means that she was located by satellites on an intensive schedule (at times, this was every 10 minutes, other times every hour).