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Dog attacked, taken by coyotes in North Aurora

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 3:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 10:07 p.m. CDT

NORTH AURORA – A small dog was reported to be attacked and taken by coyotes Sunday in North Aurora, and police are urging residents to be aware that such danger exists.

Police said the incident took place at 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the 2800 block of Sterkel Road, between Kelly and Western drives. The dog involved was an 11-pound, 5-year-old Yorkshire terrier.

North Aurora Deputy Chief Scott Buziecki said it was believed to be the first coyote attack this year in North Aurora, but he said that many residents have reported hearing and seeing coyotes. Buziecki said the dog is presumed to be dead; there has been no sign of it since the attack.

Buziecki said the dog’s owner was watching from the back door as the dog was in the backyard, which backs up to a pond area. The dog’s owner reported that coyotes came from the tall grass around the pond, grabbed the dog, and took him back into the weeds. Buziecki said the owner reported that the incident happened so fast that he could not react.

Another coyote encounter was reported at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Tanner Trails Park in North Aurora. A resident was walking his small dog on a leash and said he encountered two coyotes in a baseball field near the northeast corner of the park, near Bauer Road and Schrader Lane. The coyotes did not attack, but they did not run away, either.

Buziecki said that neighbors report seeing coyotes frequently in farm fields, but not normally close to humans. He suggests people call police if they encounter a coyote close to humans or in an unusual area.

He said most coyotes weigh about 25 to 35 pounds, and some are as big as 45 pounds. They have pointed ears, a thin muzzle and a bushy tail, and they usually are grayish-brown, silver-gray or black.

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