‘We share a home with a coyote home’: Late fall allows for more wildlife interaction


Coyote populations in the region are thought to have remained relatively stable for decades, but sightings in the region’s forest reserves may have increased amid changing seasons. I have.

Negin says that as shrubs disappear for winter and fallen leaves turn their attention to ground activity, people start to see coyotes more, especially as last year’s born males migrate in search of new territories. You may find it frequently. Almassi, Resource Management Training Specialist for Cook County Forest Preserve, said: But the increased visual presence is nothing to be afraid of.

“Just because you see something doesn’t mean it’s cause for concern,” says Almassi. “Be aware of your surroundings. Always keep your dog on a leash when in a reserve or other natural area. Please note that we share a home with a coyote home.” Coexistence is not only possible, it is the norm.”

Coyotes live throughout the state, from rural to suburban to urban areas. According to the Will County Forest ReserveWhile feeding on mice, deer, birds, insects, fruit, and sometimes carrion, coyotes help keep rodent populations in check and help clear areas of decaying animals. However, they are also active during the day. And they are considered the largest wild predators in the state.

According to Almassi, coyotes typically fall into two main categories when it comes to movement. The first is family groups that have established territories. They may travel within that space, but when in cities they often use similar routes, such as railroads and alleys, to avoid humans altogether. , which can travel long distances in search of territory.

Almassi said there should be no difference in how these coyote groups react to humans. Studies have shown that coyotes actually change their habits to avoid humans and attacks are rare.

But Will County says humans should do all they can to avoid conflict and give animals space.district Note that coyotes can be more defensive during the late winter mating season and spring spawning seasonespecially when humans approach puppies or burrows. Coyotes Rarely Approach Peoplepeople are advised to stay calm, wave their arms loudly, make themselves appear large and threatening, and throw objects not at animals but near them.

“Generally, coyotes avoid humans, although they may look at you to make sure no humans are approaching,” Al-Masi said.

That said, if a coyote is exhibiting unusual behavior, such as approaching a human, it should be reported to animal control, she said. , growls, growls, hackles, charges, and chases people.

“This is different from wild coyote behavior,” Almassi said. “It’s the result of humans not following the rules. We have problems like this in Cook County because humans are feeding the coyotes, whether intentionally or accidentally.”

Forest reserves have rules against feeding wildlife, especially for the safety of both humans and wildlife. Will County says some people intentionally feed animals, while others unintentionally feed animals by storing pet food outdoors, littering it, or storing it improperly. I point out that some people Large bird feeders can also attract coyotes to squirrels and other rodents rather than seeds. can be drawn to

“Whether you’re feeding deer, birds, or other mammals, there’s always a problem when people start feeding wildlife,” says Almassi. “That’s when you run into problems.”

During the fall rutting season, deer may become less wary of roadways, so drivers should take extra care when driving in natural areas, experts say.

This time of year also marks the beginning of deer rutting (mating) season. Almassi said her biggest caution with people during rutting season was to be extra careful on the road, scan the sides and slow down for sightings.

“It’s not unheard of for deer to chase each other and pay less attention to cars during rut season,” says Almassi. “Be aware that if you see one deer crossing the road, more may come.”

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However, autumn isn’t just about interacting with animals.As Mammals are preparing for wintercache food, there are many activities in the reserve for those who are paying attention.

“Now is a very good time to observe and notice,” says Almassi. “What I enjoy about autumn when the leaves fall is that I start noticing all the hidden nests that birds built in the previous season. It’s a beautiful time to look up at the trees.”

She recently found a nest of Baltimore Orioles. She had seen the bird before, but didn’t know about her nest. Almassi also encourages listening to ambient noises, often caused by gray squirrels and fox squirrels.

“We often hear the activity of many mammals when they are rustling on the leaves,” she said.

The Cook County Forest Preserve offers several opportunities for Southlanders to experience the joys of autumn in nature. And it can start with giving back. The reserve hosts regular volunteer work days to improve habitat through ecosystem management. have multiple dates and locations.

“If people want to give back and really enhance healthy wildlife habitat, there are restoration days almost every weekend,” says Almassi.

Bill Jones is a freelance reporter for the Daily Southtown newspaper.


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