Coyote Attacks 5-Year Old Boy In Chicago

BY Herschel Smith
6 months ago

It’s not just gangs.  It’s lone attackers as well in Chicago.

A 5-year-old boy was taken to the hospital Wednesday after a coyote bit him several times outside a nature museum in Lincoln Park, CBS Chicago reports. Police said the boy was near the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum when a coyote bit him “multiple times” around 4 p.m.

A Fire Department spokesman said the boy was bitten on the head and was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital to be treated. His condition was stable, according to police.

After the attack, the coyote took off running north. CBS Chicago reported the coyote was still on the loose Wednesday night. Police drove squad cars along the running paths in the park of Lincoln Park with their spotlights shining.

[ … ]

In recent days, several coyotes have been spotted walking the streets of Chicago. While attacks on people are extremely rare, dogs have been targets.

Yes.  That’s right.  Extremely rare, just like attacks from Mountain Lions and Bears.  All of them.  Extremely rare.  Just like attacks from feral gang members.

Why would you ever carry means of self defense when attacks are so rare and the cops are there to protect and defend you, being heroes of the community and all that, responding within seconds to any threat?

Isn’t that what the controllers in Chicago tell you?


Comments

  1. On January 10, 2020 at 12:53 pm, bob sykes said:

    Stanley D. Gehrt at Ohio State has been studying coyotes in Chicago for several years. He believes there may be 2,000 of them living in the city. Cities are excellent habitats for coyotes, because there is plenty of food, many excellent dens sites, and a generally milder climate than the countryside.

    The eastern coyote is about ⅝ western coyote, 2/8 wolf, and ⅛ large dog. It often forms packs. It does not fear people. And it is about 50% larger than its western cousin.

  2. On January 10, 2020 at 1:02 pm, Herschel Smith said:

    @Bob,

    Yep. I recently read an article where a so-called “expert” called the notion of interbreeding between Coyotes and dogs bunk.

    I don’t think so. They are a DNA mixture, as we all know. No longer individual predators, but forming packs.

  3. On January 10, 2020 at 1:26 pm, Sanders said:

    Just a few months ago, I was out on a job walk with a client in the “open space” area of Eastern Albuquerque. This is an undeveloped park-like area bordering on the city. We were walking down a sand wash to see if my equipment would be able to access it for a proposed water line.

    After we walked down it, and I decided it looked accessible to me, we turned around to retrace our steps back to our trucks. We hadn’t gone but a few steps when we saw a large, fluffy “coyote” on our backtrail. I caught movement slightly to the left, and saw another one, but of the Wile E. typical coyote type. They were obviously trailing us. Probably hoping we’d drop some food, or maybe drop a cat or little dog for them to eat.

    Dangerous wildlife is losing its fear of human contact.

    As a side note, I am informed by a very trustworthy person, that they have now caught a 3rd grizzly bear on a game camera in the mountains of East-Central Arizona. Someone is quietly re-introducing them back to places where they’ve been extinct for 100 years, without informing the public. This is not going to go well – especially when some campers, hikers or hunters get attacked by them, not knowing they are in the area.

  4. On January 10, 2020 at 3:19 pm, Longbow said:

    Oh, you mean this was an actual four legged varmint…?

  5. On January 10, 2020 at 7:17 pm, Fred said:

    Yep, I’ve seen both kinds from not that far away. You can tell just by looking at them. The scraggly little ones in the mountain west and southwest are much smaller and more wary of people. I’ve been less than 50 meters from one of those guys. The ones back east are large, the size of a mid sized dog or bigger. The one I saw 30 miles north of Knoxville was very big, harassing cattle at dawn. It was big enough to take one given enough time to work it and wear it down and bleed it some. If I’d a had a rifle I could have sat in the vehicle window and taken it. Saw another one in the city. Both of them just looked at me. Apparently they’ve never been threatened much, which in a way is weird, it’s not as if we don’t just shoot them here and go on our way.

  6. On January 11, 2020 at 8:30 pm, TheAlaskan said:

    @penses

    Has happened, but not with brown bears. Grizzles. The offsring haven’t been viable though.

    Brown bear range does not border Polar bears. Grizzles do. Grizz movin’ north…White bear movin’ south.

    But hey, I’m white and I like Asian.

    Bear gonna be bear.

  7. On January 13, 2020 at 7:18 pm, Beastmaster-Nature Boy said:

    Did they try a coyote free zone sign? The fierce she warrior mayor will grapple with the coyote and win.
    We used to have a bunch of them but all the subdivision sectors to house the replacements pushed them out farther.
    There are still some fox and deer and once I saw several deer at the entrance to the matrix control grid sector.
    One night I snuck up on a fox just for fun and it was not amused.

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