Several Coyote Sightings Are Being Reported in Winnebago County
We have been getting a lot of reports of many coyote sightings in Winnebago County.
I was filming a shooting scene near Broadway and 6th st recently,
And while filming I spotted a coyote. (Video above)
I have also noticed them around town as well.
We have been getting a lot of reports of a Coyote
that has been spotted several times in the neighborhood of 20 and Broadway.
All the reports that we have are all saying that the Coyote appears to be scavenging for food.
Nothing nefarious towards humans.
It is winter time and coyotes are very active during the winter time.
A few reports have reported the coyotes have some food in its mouth,
Possibly a family pet.
Many community members wanted us to repost about the coyotes being in our area,
WildlifeIllinois.org has some very informative information on Coyotes in Illinois:
There is a lot of work being done by the Urban Coyote Project to study coyotes.
Illinois pioneers called coyotes “prairie wolves” or “brush wolves.”
Coyotes can run up to 43 miles per hour for short distances.
Coyotes are good swimmers.
Coyotes are valuable members of the wildlife community.
They help keep populations of small mammals and rabbits under control.
As Illinois’ largest remaining predator, they are an integral part of healthy ecosystem functioning.
There are many misconceptions about coyotes and their role in urban landscapes.
In 2000, a collaborative research project began between the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, the Brookfield Zoo, and the Zoological Pathology Program from the University of Illinois. The initial project resulted in a six-year study of coyotes living in Chicago and surrounding suburbs.
The researchers captured 253 coyotes and placed radio collars on 175 so that they could track their movements.
Their findings indicate that coyotes are an asset in the urban environment. Check out the latest from the Urban Coyote Project.
The coyote looks like a medium-sized dog, but its nose is more pointed and its tail is bushier than most dogs.
A coyote holds its tail down between the hind legs when running.
Coyotes’ fur is typically gray to yellow-gray, with guard hairs tipped in black. The fur often has a tinge of red behind the ears and around the face, but fur color varies among individuals. Some of the color variation in Illinois coyotes is due to hybridization with domestic dogs.
Because of their long fur, coyotes are often mistaken as being much larger than they actually are, especially during the winter when their fur is thicker.
Coyotes are 23 to 26 inches high and 3 to 4½ feet long. They typically weigh 20 to 40 pounds but sometimes weigh up to 55 pounds. Illinois coyotes are usually larger than those from the western United States.
Instead of having brown irises, like most dogs, a coyote’s eyes are a striking yellow color with large, dark pupils A coyote’s eyeshine is greenish gold.
The nocturnal yaps and howls of coyotes may be their most distinguishing characteristic.
Coyotes are nocturnal (most active from dusk until dawn), but they are sometimes seen during the day.
They communicate with a variety of vocalizations, including barks, yips, and howls.
Coyotes live in close proximity to humans throughout North America.
Coyotes took over the role of largest predator in Illinois after wolves and cougars were eliminated from the state during the 1860s. Coyotes hunt mice and voles, rabbits, fawns, and other prey, but they supplement their diet with insects, plants, and fruits and berries when these items are seasonally available. Besides being good hunters, coyotes are opportunistic feeders and will occasionally eat carrion, garbage, and pet food that has been left outside. Coyotes may also kill livestock and poultry. However, there are many feral dogs in Illinois, and often coyotes are blamed for livestock depredation actually caused by feral dogs. It is also commonly thought that urban coyotes frequently prey upon cats and small dogs. A recent study of coyotes in Cook County found that small rodents were the primary food source for urban coyotes. Cat remains were found in less than two percent of the coyote scat studied.
Full details at https://www.wildlifeillinois.org/gallery/mammals/cat-like-or-dog-like/coyote/
According to https://www.reporter-times.com/story/news/2019/01/11/coyotes-are-active-in-winter-months/46673253/
Here are some tips on how to potentially deter a coyote:
Coyote prevention techniques
• Feed pets indoors when possible; pick up leftovers if feeding outdoors; and store pet and livestock feed where it’s inaccessible to wildlife.
• Eliminate water bowls and other artificial water sources (if possible).
• Position bird feeders in a location that is less likely to attract small animals or bring the feeders in at night to keep coyotes from feeding on the bird food or the other animals. Take down bird feeders if issues are occurring.
• Do not discard edible garbage where coyotes can get to it. Secure garbage containers.
• Trim and clean shrubbery near ground level to reduce hiding cover for coyotes or their prey.
• Always keep pets leashed and, if kept outside, provide secure nighttime housing for them. Any outdoor pet or poultry runs should have a top to make them more secure and the fencing should be buried in the ground to prevent digging under the fence.
• If you start seeing coyotes around your home, discourage them by shouting, making loud noises, shaking a container of coins, using an air horn or whistle, spraying them with a hose or throwing rocks or tennis balls but NEVER corner a coyote — always give the coyote a free escape route.
Farmers with livestock can take additional precautions
• Use net-wire or electric fencing to keep coyotes away from livestock.
• Shorten the length of calving or lambing seasons.
• Confine livestock in a coyote-proof corral at night.
• Use lights above corral.
• Use strobe lights and sirens to scare away coyotes.
• Remove dead livestock promptly so coyotes won’t be able to scavenge.
• Use guard animals, such as dogs, donkeys and llamas to protect livestock.
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