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New website reports local coyote sightings

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:32 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014 7:03 a.m. CDT

Coyote hunter Rob Erickson has set up a coyote sightings page online for area residents to report seeing sick, injured or problem coyotes.

Erickson recently spoke to Geneva city officials about reports of problem coyotes in some subdivisions. Erickson advocated removing and euthanizing aggressive coyotes that were unafraid of people. City staff members are researching the situation, officials said.

The reporting site is online at scientificwildlifemanagement.com/report-a-sighting.

“This could be very helpful for residents and city officials to accumulate information that is needed to make an educated decision on whether removal is warranted,” Erickson wrote in an email. “I think you will see it is user-friendly.”

“This coyote sightings page is designed to provide your local government officials with accurate information about coyotes living in your community, so that educated decisions can be made as to the resolution of problems with sick or aggressive coyotes,” the website states. “The accurate information that you provide by filling out this form will be invaluable to developing a positive solution to the issue.”

The website includes multiple photos of coyotes, including photos of coyotes afflicted with sarcoptic mange.

According to the Cook County, Illinois, Coyote Project, the debilitating disease is transmitted by a mite that burrows into the skin of the animal.

The resulting infection causes the coyote to lose most of its hair, and then it dies from exposure.

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