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Packs of Coyotes Get too Close for Comfort in Loves Park

LOVES PARK -- A Stateline predator switches its natural habitat for a more urban scene, And it's causing problems in a part of Loves Park that's never seen an invasion quite like this before.
LOVES PARK -- A Stateline predator switches its natural habitat for a more urban scene, And it's causing problems in a part of Loves Park that's never seen an invasion quite like this before.

It's broad daylight and Tiffany Dupree and her daughter Taylor are armed with a baseball bat.

"When the snow was here you could see all the tracks, definitely," said Taylor.

And you still can see part of the pawprint covered path carved by coyotes. Dupree says she's seen up to eight of them at a time in their Loves Park yard, and the animals are getting bold.

"They come about 3 foot from my deck," said Taylor.

Something she's seen both at night and day. They also know no boundries.

"I've actually seen them jump over the fence into my yard maybe 15 yards from me," said Mary Olson who lives next door to the Duprees. She says she's terrified to take her little dog out fearing the coyotes might make a meal of it.

"Within probably three or four minutes of me being outside, I see the coyotes, so they're out there literally waiting for my dog to come out," said Olson.

With a pest problem like coyotes you want do something but what can you do? Mary and her neighbors say they've both tried calling the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and it turns out help is hard to come by.

"The state doesn't do anything about it because it is a protected species," said Olson.

Leaving the animals free to roam, and neighbors in a busy part of town on edge.

"If it actually did come at me, with a club I know instantly I would hit at it," said Olson. "But would I be able to do anything? I don't know! And if it's like four or five coyotes at once I don't think I'd have a chance."



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