Wildlife in Downers Grove Township

The Township is home to a wide variety of wildlife. You may encounter bats, birds, coyotes, deer, ducks, geese, hawks, opossums, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, snakes, and squirrels to name a few.   Coyotes: (Courtesy of Dupage County) Coyotes have been prevalent in the news recently. Cats and small dogs should not be left outside unattended. Coyotes view these animals as a food source. If you see a coyote that is actively acting aggressively towards a human (charging or trying to bite) call DuPage Animal Care and Control at (630)407-2800 x 0 if you reside in unincorporated DuPage County; or call your local police department if you live within the city limits.   Strategies for dealing with coyotes:

  • Store garbage securely
  • Keep bird feeding areas clean of debris.  Even well maintained feeders can attract rodents which in turn may attract coyotes. 
  • Use squirrel-proof bird feeders.  Squirrels visiting bird feeders attract coyotes. 
  • Feed pets indoors. 
  • Do not leave small pets like rabbits, cats, or small dogs unattended, especially at night. 
  • If you see a coyote, face it, make loud noises (clap your hands, bang pots and pans, yell at the coyote) and toss stones or sticks at it.  Do not run away from coyotes. 

Additional suggested resources for information on wildlife/coyotes:   DuPage County Animal Care and Control

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

List of Licensed Animal Trappers – The University of IL Extension:  Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators

Hazing Coyotes – (YouTube Video)       

For after-hours emergency animal related issues in UNINCORPORATED DuPage County, call the DuPage County Sheriff’s Department at (630)407-2400.


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