The Village of Deerfield is aware and mindful of residents’ concerns about local coyote populations. View our FAQ below and visit deerfield.il.us/coyotes for more information about the Illinois Wildlife Code and coexisting and deterring coyotes.
Frequently Asked Questions
How are coyotes regulated?
Coyotes in Illinois are protected under the Illinois Wildlife Code. In urban or suburban areas, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources recommends hiring a Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator, who is licensed by the State of Illinois to remove the coyote from the area.
By Illinois law, the animal can only be removed if it is causing property damage or is a risk to human health or safety. According to the Cook County Urban Coyote Research Project, no coyote attacks on humans have been reported in northeastern Illinois.
How can I protect my pets from coyotes?
Always supervise your pets closely in areas where coyotes are present, even your backyard. Do not let dogs or cats out without a leash or close supervision. Coyotes are not afraid of your dog, but they are afraid of you. If a coyote approaches your dog, scare away the coyote with loud noises. Do not keep pet food outdoors or feed small animals like birds, chipmunks or squirrels, which can attract coyotes to your property.
Who can I contact about coyotes?
Calls about coyote concerns can be directed to the office of the Deerfield Chief of Police at 847.719.7544. More information about living with coyotes and who to contact at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources can be found at deerfield.il.us/coyotes.