Co-Existing With Native Wildlife
Coexisting with indigenous wildlife (coyotes, raccoons, skunks, foxes, opossums, etc.) presents challenges, however since these animals are native to the area, interactions are possible. Sightings of animals, including coyotes, are common in the Frankfort area, especially forest preserves and conservation areas.
Please do not leave food out for wild animals. Doing so emboldens animals and may lead to unnecessary and unsafe human/animal interaction. To keep animals and people safe, do not feed wild animals.
Coyote Safety Reminders
Sightings of coyotes are quite common throughout the region. Coyotes may be more active in the spring when protecting their pups, and in the fall when older pups begin to search for their own territory.
Coyotes may also be more prone to approach people that are walking dogs, which coyotes view as a threat to their territory. Encounters may occur in wildlife/conservation areas, as well as urban areas, including yards. If you encounter a coyote, experts recommend:
- Make yourself as big as possible and make loud noises. Do not run or turn your back.
- Wave your arms, clap your hands, and shout in an authoritative voice.
- Use what you have available to you to make loud noises. These sounds can also alert neighbors.
- Throw small stones, sticks, or anything else you can lay your hands on. Remember the intent is to scare and not to injure.
- Carry a “coyote shaker," a can filled with pennies or pebbles, when entering wildlife areas.
- Spray with a hose, if available, or a squirt gun filled with water and vinegar.
Removal of Wild Animals on Private Property
The Village of Frankfort/Police Department does not have an animal control department and therefore does not remove wild animals from private properties, trap coyotes, or respond to wild animal calls.
Frankfort Police Officers are not licensed, trained, or legally allowed to intervene with a wild animal population, per restrictions set in place by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. In the rare case where a wild animal poses a direct threat to residents in that the animal is sick or unwell, any reported situation will be individually addressed. Residents should dial 9-1-1 if they feel threatened or unsafe. Residents may also choose to hire a private company that maintains a Commercial Wildlife Removal Permit issued by the State, to remove nuisance animals from their private property.
For more information on nuisance wildlife and procedures for a bat encounter, go to Will County Animal Control's Website.