Saturday, February 2, 2013
The Suburban Life reports that a coyote killed a puppy in a residential area. Read Patch's coverage of where other coyotes have been spotted and how to keep your pets safe.
A coyote attacked and killed a Maltese puppy Wednesday night in Darien, according to Suburban Life. Darien resident Dan Shellstrom told Suburban Life that he let out the 6-year-old Harley in the back yard, and "I turned around and it sounded like a little girl screaming." “It's a bad situation and I just don't want anyone else to have to go through what we had,” Shelstrom told Suburban Life. “He was a part of our family.” Read the full story on Suburban Life. Tricia Shellstrom commented on a Patch article to share more about the story: The coyote attacked my dog within 30 seconds of us letting our dog outside to use the bathroom. It was like it was waiting and knew our routine. Our yard is very lit with security lights and that didn't …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Do you think coyotes are a problem in Darien? What precautions do you take to protect your children and pets? Tell us in comments.
Are coyotes a problem in Darien? Our Facebook friends say yes. The Chicago area has seen a significant increase in the coyote population since the 1990s, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources estimates there are more than 30,000 coyotes in Illinois. We asked Darien residents via Facebook where they've spotted coyotes in town. Here's what they had to say: According to the Cook County Coyote Project, there hasn't been a documented case of a coyote attacking a human in Illinois since at least 1985—the beginning range of the study. On top of that, there have only been two cases of coyotes killing a human in the U.S. and Canada in modern history. Coyotes typically come out at night. If you see a coyote during the day, that's an …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Coyotes are making more frequent appearances around Darien. Keep your pets safe with these tips.
Several sightings of coyotes have been reported lately, prompting a big concern. Coyotes are a permanent fixture in rural, suburban and urban areas. A coyote reminds me of a small German shepherd dog. Coyotes weigh between 20 and 45 pounds, have a bushy tail with a black tip, and a yellowish gray and whitish throat and belly. Their ears are prominent, and their tail is held below their back while running. Seeing a coyote cross a field, backyard, road or golf course does not necessarily constitute a problem or dangerous situation, either for humans or domestic animals. Coyotes will be more active and more visible in late-winter/early spring during their breeding seasons. Most coyotes are harmless; their goal is to eat more natural food – …
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Residents report animals approaching houses, grabbing small dogs.
Coyotes are a common sight in DuPage County, but over time, they can become more aggressive, posing a problem for residents. At the Darien City Council meeting Monday, Alderman Joerg Seifert noted that in three months he has received three reports of coyote encounters from different Ward Four residents. Although there is no data that supports the possibility of an increased coyote population, the the DuPage County Forest Preserve said close encounters suggest more aggressive behavior. Known to be adaptable creatures, the forest preserve said coyotes can return to spots and display aggressive behavior if not threatened. “It can be very intimidating,” Seifert said. “It seems like they’ve become more aggressive. They come closer and grab; …
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Though coyotes have sealed a sad fate for several Darien pets, experts say there are ways to keep the predator at bay.
The morning after the first major snowfall in Darien, I packed up my camera, pulled on my boots and slowly but surely wound my way through the streets, capturing pictures of the delicate grey beauty of that day. On Cass Avenue, amid the tangled brush along the border of Waterfall Glen, I saw a pair of brawny, beige creatures peering through the snow. From growing up in Ohio with the woods as my backyard, I know coyotes when I see them. I also know better than to walk toward a team of husky, fang-toothed animals, but whatever. I wanted a picture. It was a beautiful sight, straight out of the CBS Sunday Morning show's Moment of Nature—and nothing bad happened as I crept ever closer. Once rare in Darien's neighborhoods, coyotes have become …
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Pictures of this season's first major snowfall.
Darien saw its first major snowfall overnight, which transformed the gloomy, grey streets into a postcard-perfect winter wonderland. Patch traveled around town capturing a few of the prettiest scenes -- including two coyotes strolling along Cass Avenue by Waterfall Glen. The National Weather Service predicts snow will continue to fall through the afternoon, with the storm ultimately dumping four to seven inches by the time it's done. Did you take any good pictures of the snow in your neighborhood? If so, Patch wants to see them. Add them to the stream of pictures in this post.