With mixed emotions it is a writer’s job to report on issues that happen in the community in which they live. Last week a Yorkshire Terrier puppy named Floyd was finally located after going missing a few days earlier. The puppy was dragged off by a pack of coyotes after the wild animals attacked the puppy and another small dog that lived in the same household – right in their own backyard; Arrowhead Estates.
Before Floyd went missing, his backyard playmate, Jake, a 12-year-old Silky Terrier, suffered serious puncture wounds. While one coyote is scary enough, the pair of dogs were surrounded by four coyotes. The dog’s owner observed the entire attack. It had to be frightening indeed!
Many residents must be extremely vigilant when letting their small dogs and cats out into their backyards. It is frightening indeed but it is an absolute shame that coyotes feel that they have no other option accept to hunt in neighborhood settings since people keep hoarding in on their territory. Altogether a situation of this degree adds up to only one thing and that is tragedy!
The real shame about this situation is that the dead puppy was purchased by the homeowner’s 12-year-old daughter who had saved all of her allowance money to purchase her furry friend. It is difficult to know just how awful the end result must have been this child. First her puppy is involved in a serious coyote attack, disappears and then is discovered dead. This would be very hard for anyone to handle – least of all a preteen!
The Herrick Lake neighborhood is a prime location for wild animals so they cannot be blamed for wandering in a neighborhood where they most likely once called home. In order to protect people and their domestic pets, the City of Wheaton adopted a coyote policy in 2010.
The policy was formulated in attempt to change and adapt coyote behavior to the different forms of human interaction. This was in response to the considerable increase in the coyote population since the 1990s. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 30,000 coyotes reside in Illinois alone.
Even though the homeowner in this circumstance followed the suggestions that the policy outlines, it was ineffective which is sad indeed. If you or others in your neighborhoods are in the unfortunate circumstance of having to face a coyote, the recommendations state the following:
· Look the coyote in the eye, make noise and yell;
· Make yourself look bigger than life by waving your arms about;
· Either blow a whistle or you whistle or grab a noisemaker in order to create a distraction;
· Clap your hands;
· Throw things in the direction of the coyote;
· Act threatening;
· Run toward the coyote;
· Spray water from a hose at the coyote;
· The more uncomfortable a coyote is, the more they will avoid the territory.
All of the news stations reported their own take on this situation; NBC, The Daily Herald and Wheaton Patch. A case like this is relative; everyone has their own take on how to handle the coyotes but it would be extremely unfortunate to make a bad situation worse by taking revenge on wild animals that are simply looking for food that nature has always provided….until now.