Sunday, February 19, 2006

Wildlife Intrusions

The Sun Times reports today that the Chicago area is the largest urban refuge for coyotes. The population is estimated to be over 2,000 at this time and increasing. We've heard stories of them living out at the water filtration plant (ask the Marine Unit guys about the one they captured) and we hear stories of them chasing geese at various golf courses.

The attack on a poodle in Oak Brook last week is only the beginning of an upswing in incidents we'll hear about in coming years as coyotes slowly lose their fear of humans and start preying on household pets. Because you know, those deer are hard to catch - Fido in the yard is easy.

How soon until they attack a child? A jogger? Not long if we had to bet money on it. Does anyone know if coyote fur coats warm?

38 Comments:

Blogger Rue St. Michel said...

On the far South Side there are foxes that roam around. Most of them are skittish and won't get within 100 yards of you. The coyotes are extremely shy as well.

Leave it to the SlumTimes to write up, yet again, another story that has zero relevance. You've as much chance of having your kid dragged down by a wild coyote as hearing Daley have a press conference to give the CPD a raise.

The ST should change their name to The Chicago Defender II

2/19/2006 09:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I shoot a coyote would it be considered excessive force?

Or should I call a sergeant to use a taser on the coyote?

2/19/2006 09:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I shoot a coyote, will Leftisthebest / malcolm / Shady try to arrest me? Afterall they want Cheney arrested.

2/19/2006 10:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rue:

I'm the one (or one of em) out here in VA, and I've seen foxes twice. Once one caught in the corner of headlight glare hiding behind a tree, and once one lying dead in a row. Those freaking things are damn-near impossible to spot unless you are looking for em through binoculars.

And this is a state known for having foxes. Never heard of em on the far south side. Whereabouts are they known to exist out there? Foxes in particular are the last thing I'd ever want to hear of being harmed. They seem like unicorns.

2/19/2006 10:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mount Olivet cemetary has a family of red Tail foxes in residence. i live across the street and have seen them twice. They do not like police officers, I was going to work the other day and one of'em yelled "F**k you copper". Very rude I thought. Please get rid of the wordy thingy, how about using numbers? jeeeseeeehhhhsss

2/19/2006 10:31:00 PM  
Anonymous FoXy said...

There are coyotes all over. I was on the bicycle trail in the McHenry area a few times, and once, got stuck at night on this trail. The trail runs through farms, and even having a light on my bike didn't do jack. Suddenly I had a coyote run across and scared the sh*t out of me.

They are also many in Justice... you can hear them at night...

2/19/2006 10:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First thing coyotes learn in Coyote school is to stay away from people.

Small dogs, cats, rabbits......they're fucked!

So now the animal lovers have a quandry.....do they protect their pets and advocate shooting coyotes, or leave the coyotes be...and they'll eat the pets!

2/19/2006 11:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was practicing out at a Forest PReserve driving range and you can hear the coyotes chasing geese around in the dead of night. Wild Chicago!

2/19/2006 11:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was driving on River Road near Lawrence the other night and saw a pack of about 15. They are weird looking fuckers! I wouldn't want to cross them while on foot.

2/20/2006 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There used to be a family of foxes behind the Area 2 Headquarters. You would occasionally see them at night. Too bad I didn't think of it before, because they lived on the grounds that now house that prick "Rev" Meeks church, but we could have had the tree-huggers get an injunction to stop the building of that monstrosity.

2/20/2006 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it true that sweetbabyray retired????
35th st will not be the same!

2/20/2006 12:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A couple of years ago I was coming home from 3rd watch and I had one run across Oak Park from Micheal Reed heading towards Wright College. It was just north of Irving and it slipped on a patch of ice and busted his ass. It looked like Wiley Coyote.

2/20/2006 12:38:00 AM  
Anonymous clancy said...

First, I'm first.
I am the greatest

2/20/2006 12:48:00 AM  
Anonymous shaniqua said...

How about the unicorns in Garfield Park on the midnights?

2/20/2006 01:06:00 AM  
Anonymous I swear I saw It said...

I saw one of those coyote bastards one time on Beat1611. It was riding a rocket with the word ACME on the side, and it had a fork in each paw while chasing some Fat Bitch in a Police Uniform!

2/20/2006 01:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up around foxes and coyotes. Keep your livestock indoors. I'm "lace curtain" Irish. We kept our pigs in the parlor. There is a much more savage beast out there that you should be weary of. As a wise man once told me, "Because I don't like the smell of a skunk, doesn't mean I'm afraid of a skunk".

2/20/2006 02:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the 1238 poster is correct there have been coyotes running around in the old READ mental health property for the past 10- 15 years. very common to see them crossing during the night over to the ridgemore country club. The suburban cops from Norridge and Harwood Hts see them all the time and can even tell stories of small dogs snagged from backyards. No kids or old ladies. The coyotes are great for taking care of the rodents and the winged rats. As far as 1611 seeing them . I doubt it an elephant can run past them and they wouldnt see it

2/20/2006 04:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw 1611 last night and she wasn't fat or old. Are things changing for that beat?

2/20/2006 06:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 12:28 thank you for confirming what i thought i saw around 0200hrs when comming home from work on Oak Park by the Reed Center a coyote. They live on the north side of the property. I think they are a little to close for comfort for me.

2/20/2006 07:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like all these cops are in the woods, not out doing their job. No picnics on duty, no pumping your partner in the car and please stop trying to hump the coyotes in the woods.

2/20/2006 08:48:00 AM  
Anonymous deacon blue said...

clancy 12:48 - aren't you due back at 023? your footpost is blowing up!

2/20/2006 09:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SHOOT THEM! We all know what happens when animals gather in a pack. They become more aggressive. Just look at "Mookie" on the west and south sides. Get them alone they are scared little rabbits, but get them in a pack...LOOK OUT, they all know KUNG-FU!

2/20/2006 09:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got a red tailed hawk living in the tree in front of my house,
near Nagle/Foster.

2/20/2006 10:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a hippo that wanders around my neighborhood on occasion. Oh wait! It's only beat 1611 on patrol.

2/20/2006 10:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch the "L" station at Brym Mawr and Cumberland, lots of Animals hanging around there. Lots of Mules and Monkeys. A rare find on the NorthWest side. It started right after the "L" expansion to O'Hare. Brookfield and Lincoln Park Zoos, look out! The wildlife is on the move to your neighborhood.

Love the Hippo! Make love to a Hippo! Just don't feed the Hippo!

The Hippo might be moving to 002 or 003 very soon.

2/20/2006 11:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard the ACLU and NAACP got together and planted those coyotes all over Chicagoland to draw the attention away from the other animals that have been invading lately........ the low-land mandingo gorillas (aka west side dawgs)

2/20/2006 11:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The wildlife was here first! Leave the coyotes and deer alone. Remember, hunting is illegal in cook county. Us sheriffs would love to lock up 1 of you Chicago cops hunting in the woods. Besides, you would probably shoot up the whole area since you can't shoot.

2/20/2006 01:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah? Ask the mutt that was sticking up the Auto Zone stores about the shooting ability of the Police.



Nimrod!

2/20/2006 04:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 for 43

2/20/2006 05:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you know that all 43 shots didn't go through the same hole?

2/20/2006 05:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys need shotguns to hit your targets.

2/20/2006 06:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I came on we had shotguns in the cars,you signed it out at the start of the tour along with your radio.(B4-PDT's)They were great for breaking up crowds,get out of the car jack one in the chamber and you got their attention right away.But the PC pussies said it was intimidation and took them away.Go into any upperclass suburb and whats mounted on the dash,but a shotgun go figure,I guess shotguns don't intimidate white people.

2/20/2006 06:26:00 PM  
Blogger blacksanction said...

coyotes and foxes usually avoid humans. So if you happen to see one that appears overly friendly and is foaming at the mouth...shoot the poor fucker. As for the rest leave them alone.

I have no sympathy for people who let their pets run about in my neighbour and shit on my lawn. If your cat or dog falls prey to a fox or coyote chaulk it up to nature taking its course.

2/20/2006 07:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anti 1611 said...

I swear I saw It said...

I saw one of those coyote bastards one time on Beat1611. It was riding a rocket with the word ACME on the side, and it had a fork in each paw while chasing some Fat Bitch in a Police Uniform!

2/20/2006 01:54:43 AM

No that was 1611...Just a fat useless worthless no - working cop.

2/20/2006 08:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hippos for Seiser!

2/20/2006 08:48:00 PM  
Blogger DaleyforMCCguest said...

Anonymous said...

The wildlife was here first! Leave the coyotes and deer alone. Remember, hunting is illegal in cook county. Us sheriffs would love to lock up 1 of you Chicago cops hunting in the woods. Besides, you would probably shoot up the whole area since you can't shoot.

2/20/2006 01:24:53 PM

You can hunt in cook county. Ever see the guys goose hunting in Arlington Hts? Right off of Oakton and Arlington Ht's rd. You can also archery deer hunt with permission from the property owner in some places.

2/20/2006 09:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell. there are even two places in the City of Chicago, where hunting is legal when in season. Hey C.C. go back to law school your dead wrong on this one!!!

2/20/2006 10:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Sgt. Saunders said...

Speaking of intimidation, anybody remember when the leather jacket was removed from the "approved" list because the Department thought that it was too intimidating? Some people actually found it offensive and the Dept. banned it until somebody with a little common sense realized that that was ridiculous and brought it back.

2/21/2006 07:50:00 AM  

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