Coyote Sightings Has Resident Asking Lake Forest for Help

Suggests city should have program to educate residents on how to deal with coyote population.


Her research suggests the presence of coyotes in suburban areas is on the increase.

But Nancy Voorhees has also seen it.

At Monday night's , Voorhees recounted during public comment of four instances since this past summer where coyotes have intruded upon her home in the 400 block of Deerpath.

The first occurred on an early summer evening where she and Brad Kunde were sitting in the backyard sipping ice tea when a coyote came into the back yard and sat on their lawn, staring at their dog.

"We screamed and waved our arms and it eventually left," said Voorhees, who has lived in Lake Forest the last 15 years and previously lived in Lake Bluff for 10 years.

One fall morning, Voorhees watched two coyotes walk up the long driveway toward her home, proceed through the property which includes an electrical fence.

"We're now afraid to let our dog out," she said.

Also in the fall, Voorhees and Kunde took their dog for a walk in an area where a leash is not required. A coyote faced off with their dog and appeared to engage in friendly play. Their dog took off after the coyote, and it took some coaxing to get their dog to return.

Right after that instance, Voorhees said she took her dog to a Lake Forest vet, who told her he had treated a dog in the Middlefork Farm area for injuries sustained from a coyote attack. In that case, the dog had been lured into the woods by one coyote only to be surrounded by a pack of eight.

More recently, Voorhees said she heard coyotes behind her property attacking some kind of prey and feeding on it.

"To hear the cries and sounds of whatever they were attacking, it almost made me sick," she said.

She shared her story in hopes the city could take initiative on an education program for residents on how to deal with coyotes.

After she left, three of the five aldermen present indicated they have also had coyote encounters either at their homes or neighborhoods.

Lake Forest Police Chief Joe Buerger said he would put together an education program if aldermen requested one. Burger added that while he was unsure how many calls officers respond to in a year, he estimated it was twice every six months following incidents in neighborhoods.

PB KRAL January 18, 2012 at 03:16 PM
A few years ago, my daughter and I were walking on the sidewalk on Telegraph Road and came across 2 coyotes on the sidewalk right in front of Everett School. The coyotes would not move. We finally had to turn around and go another way, as the coyotes had definately claimed this part of the sidewalk as their own.
Lee Eddy January 18, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Saturday morning the 13th, I was blowing snow off the driveway and watched a coyote trot by southbound on Buena at Louis. Mangy, wary and sad looking.
JIM LOCKETT January 18, 2012 at 03:57 PM
There is nothing you can do. We,...humans have to adjust the way we live so we can co-exist. I have dealt with this problem for many years...I have learned a lot and will be happy to share with you. My ex-wife lives on large piece of property in West Lake Forest and seeing 4 to 5 of them every day is the norm. She has 2 small dogs and a huge chocolate lab...the lab does not scare them..however, they would take the small dogs in a second.. I have soaked rags in ammonia and hung them on branches..it irritates the smelling senses... it works... but lasts for a day. Coyote's have 2 natural enemies...the Mountain Lion and the Wolf and since we don't have any of those around here....they feel pretty safe. These are wild, natural animals and believe it or not, they have as much right to be here as we do....we just have to learn to live with them.
Paula Doyle January 24, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Thank you for the kind words on living with Coyotes. I truly like them since they keep the rodent (chipmunks, mice, moles and squirrel) population down. In researching these animals and hearing about them, they typically do not feed on dogs. They see dogs as predators’ of the same food chain they are in. Some dogs/pets we currently have, do hunt down these rodents, not as prey necessarily, but because they are on the property or just want to play with a squirrel (the chase). Removing dogs from the prey they are seeking is a way to insure a coyotes survival rate. Like geese and other animals that are not understood, we as humans need to take the time and truly understand how to live with them and not terminate a good thing. Trying to bring back an animal close to extinction is much worse than trying to co-exist.
JIM LOCKETT January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I would think that not trying to bring them back would be much worse than trying to live with them.


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