An article on Patch today describes a reader’s sighting of a very large coyote near Oak Lawn Community High School in Oak Lawn, IL yesterday morning. There are also some great photographs that seem to show this as being one of the biggest coyotes seen in the Chicago area of late.
According to ABC 7 News Chicago, a pair of coyotes were spotted and filmed on Chicago’s South side. They were first spotted near Washington Park before travelling west through Midway Plaisance to Jackson Park and eventually being the coyotes were seen by the University of Chicago campus early Wednesday. The sighting in Washington Park is apparently significant as these animals are rarely seen such a distance from Lake Michigan.
The village of Wheaton recently issued a coyote alert for pet owners as coyotes in this part of the state are entering mating season. The alert also suggested that coyote sightings may become more frequent over the next few months. The usual advice applies if you encounter a coyote which is to create as much noise and make yourself as threatening as possible.