DOWNTOWN — Coyotes have been spotted all over the Near North Side, and one was even rescued from Monroe Harbor on Tuesday.
A toy poodle puppy named Ki Ki was injured when a coyote grabbed her and ran off Monday morning in Old Town, according to CBS2. Ki Ki’s owner and neighbors chased after the coyote and threw shoes at it until it dropped the dog and took off.
But it wasn’t the first such sighting: In recent days, there have been a number of coyote sightings in Old Town and Lincoln Park, with at least 10 calls coming in over the last week, according to NBC5.
And at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday, someone reported seeing a coyote in the water near the 100 block of North Lake Shore Drive, police said. Chicago Fire and Animal Care and Control officers went to the harbor to rescue the animal.
A marine unit from the Fire Department rescued the coyote, putting him on a gurney and covering him with blankets because he was cold and “possibly hypothermic,” said Kelley Gandurski, director of Chicago Animal Care and Contorl.
Animal Control workers took the coyote back to the agency’s facility at 2741 S. Western Ave. and are holding him until a wildlife rehabilitation group can come and rescue him, Gandurski said.
Coyotes are nothing new to the city: They’ve always resided among people in Chicago and are predators of rats and mice, among other creatures, Gandurski said.
But if you do spot a coyote, don’t approach him or her, Gandurski said. Coyotes typically avoid and fear humans, but if one does get too close you can usually scare one off by clapping, shouting or making other loud noises, Gandurski said.
Chicago residents can also call 311 to report a coyote sighting and should remove potential food sources — like garbage — to prevent coyotes from hanging around, Gandurski said.
Those with pets should keep them on leashes and never let them outside unattended to keep their animals safe from coyotes, Gandurski said.
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