Date Issued: February 14, 2019
The Village of Westmont reminds citizens that the next 4-6 weeks is mating season for coyotes throughout much of the Midwest. Do not let your dogs out alone and do not allow your outdoor cats to roam. Although coyotes are prevalent in outlying and rural areas, they are also thriving in suburban and urban areas.
Coyote breeding typically peaks in late February and early March, the gestation period averages 58 to 63 days. Male coyotes can become more aggressive during this time of year, the long and short of it all is that coyotes always pose a risk to your dog and other small pets. That risk increases during mating season.
Spay or neuter your pet. Coyotes are attracted to and can mate with unspayed or unneutered domestic dogs. Unspayed female dogs in season can attract male coyotes. Unneutered male dogs can be lured away by the scent of a female coyote in her ovulation cycle.
Additionally, male dogs can be lured by the female coyote’s scent and killed by male coyotes. You should also be mindful that clever coyotes learn the daily schedules of people and their pets. If you let your dog out every evening at 9 p.m., chances are that a coyote is well aware of your routine. So change your schedule a bit, walk your dog on leash close to you, and keep a close eye on them at all times.
Coyote mating season peaks in late winter. Please monitor all small pets when outside.
Coyote rules of caution:
Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont
Communications Director/Public Information Officer