Coyote alert in western suburbs

December 29, 2008 4:31:07 PM PST
The Wheaton Police Department has issued a coyote alert for the western suburbs.Officials say the coyote population has increased in the area. One reason is the availability of food.

Coyotes can eat almost anything and they are very adept at prying open garbage cans.

Authorities urge people to feed their pets indoors, keeping the food and the animals away from coyotes. They also say people should use trash barrels with lids that can clamp shut.