Coyotes are timid and more afraid of people than we are of them, experts say.
"Coyotes are actually very timid by nature," Channahon police Lt. Mark Fischer said in a 2010 story.
But while they are not aggressive towards people, they can go after small animals, especially if food is scarce. That seems to be exactly what happened in Riverside, a western suburb of Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that a pack broke an exterior door of a residence while chasing down a dog that had been outside.
In October we compiled a map of places you had seen the coyotes in our area.
Riverside Police Sgt Bill Gutschick said in the Sun-Times story "in his 25 years on duty, this was the first time he’s heard of coyotes trying to get into a home while chasing a pet."
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