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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.

site near where 441 was trapped and tracked

Coyote 441 is one of the most successful urban coyotes we have observed. This female was captured near the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago on March 10th, 2010. At the time of capture, she was a subadult in excellent condition, weighing 11 kg. A GPS collar was placed on her and we recorded her locations until November 2010 when her collar blew off (these collars are programmed to remotely fall off at a specified time).