We’ve just completed the April update and thanks to everyone who sent in their coyote submissions, it’s now posted on our tracking map. The sightings continue to be geographically diverse coming from all all parts of Chicago and its suburbs in Illinois and Indiana. Once again a special thanks to our friends at B96 in Chicago and Khits 104.3 for giving CoyoteMap.com a mention.
It may be time for us to divide up the map so we can keep it manageable for the user, especially those of you trying to access the tracking details on phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Should we create multiple maps by geographic area or archive maps by date? Or maybe a completely different plan. Please post your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks!
Should we call ourselves “coyoteers”? (Maybe we can do better, post your suggestions below). A sincere thanks to everyone who has sent in their coyote sighting submissions. We’re working on adding a coyote photos and video page, but we also need your feedback. If you’ve got an idea to make the site better post it below or use the contact button to let us know.
Also thanks to fine folks at 104.3 K-HITS Chicago Coyote Map and Tracking for taking the time mention this site. They wrote up a fun piece about us “coyoteers” that you should definitely check out.
Happy early Thanksgiving & keep sending those sightings!
We just completed a much needed update. Thanks to everyone who submitted their coyote sightings so we could add them to our map. The north and northwest areas of Chicagoland seemed to have the most new entries. Not sure if they have more coyotes or just more vigilant viewers reporting them. Either way it is fascinating to see where pockets of coyotes and even the occasional coywolf sighting occur.
Happy summer & keep sending in your coyote sightings and stories. Thanks!
We haven’t had any reports yet of coywolves in the city of Chicago however these creatures are in other parts of Illinois. So what exactly is a Coywolf? Well, as the name suggests it is a hybrid of a wolf and a coyote as the result of interbreeding.
The coywolf is apparently more aggressive than a regular coyote and much like a wolf it will hunt in packs. I suppose this type of behavior could be problematic if they did start to make their way into the densely populated urban neighborhoods of Chicago. So far people and coyotes seem to be getting along alright in the city due in no small part to coyotes not having much interest in attacking humans (isolated cases aside).
If anyone has any photos or thinks they may have seen a coywolf please let us know.
UPDATE: I have not had a chance to watch this yet but PBS aired a special in January all about the History of The Coywolf. If you do watch it please be sure and post your thoughts on this special below.
NBC Chicago has a report on a Chicagoland area man who decided to wrestle a coyote in order to save his dog. Luckily for him and his dog he was able to “throw” the coyote away from him and get his dog inside the house before things escalated further. His Wheaten Terrier only suffered minor injuries and importantly was up to date with its rabies vaccination.
While attacks on humans remain rare, pet owners should remain vigilant of the potential threat to small animals from coyotes. As always remember the advice of experts if you do encounter a coyote and just make yourself really big and really loud. Just let them know who’s in charge!
Last week a coyote was spotted during the day in Riverside, IL according to a report on ABC 7 Chicago. This sighting comes after an incident at the begin of the year in which Coyotes reportedly damaged a door trying to attack a dog that was inside a house also in Riverside. You can find that attack on our map.
The police response is generally and understandably limited in simple coyote sighting reports. Unless the animal is a threat i.e. acting strangely or aggressively, there is little they can do and that might be a good thing. It is a debate that will probably grow in the Chicago area if the coyote population is growing.
With female coyotes out to protect their pups, hikers and dog walkers should use a bit more caution as we head into spring in Northern Illinois. Of course the usual rules apply should you come across a coyote. Wave your arms, throw a stick or rock, and lots of yelling should keep everyone safe.
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.