Small dog found dead in possible coyote attack

November 22, 2010 9:31:21 AM PST
Police are warning Wheaton residents after a small dog was found dead in what may have been a coyote attack last week in the west suburb.

The dog was fatally attacked in the 100 block of South Gables Boulevard on Nov. 19, a release from Wheaton police said. The dog was outside in its owner's yard for less than 20 minutes but found dead in a neighbor's yard when the owner went to check on it.

No one saw the actual attack but a coyote was seen in the area shortly after police arrived, the release said. Police said a coyote may be responsible for the attack.

Residents are being reminded that coyotes continue to be spotted in residential areas, although no incidents of aggressive coyote behavior towards people have been reported in Wheaton.

Police advise that small pets and children be monitored when outdoors.

Anyone witnessing aggressive behavior on the part of any wild animal is asked to call 911 as police will respond to "aggressive wild animal behavior."

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2010.)