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Living with Wildlife

The presence of wild animals in urban areas reflects their ability to adapt to replacement of fields, trees and streams by lawns, ponds, gardens and chimneys. Animals may use this new environment at the expense of their human neighbors, creating a disturbance or causing property damage. However, these animals are behaving naturally, not acting with malicious intent.

Living with Coyotes in DuPage County

Coyotes have been sighted at 25 forest preserves and other locations within DuPage County, with sightings most common in the western forest preserves.

Stray Cats

"Feral" cats are unsocialized cats who may be one or more generations removed from a home environment and may live in a group or colony of similar cats. These cats and their offspring are victims of abandonment, accidental loss, and failure by owners to sterilize their pets.

Nuisance Wildlife Control Policy

This policy covers skunks, wasps/bees, injured/dead animals, or any other non-protected wildlife that threatens public health and/or safety on a per incident basis.

Tip To Resolve Conflicts With Your Wild Neighbors

Handy tips: from de-skunking the dog, to ridding your attic of squirrels and racoons.

Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Suggestions for dealing with wildlife concerns are available from the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's Willowbrook Wildlife Center.

Maybe it's Babies...Give Mom a Break

From early spring to late fall is the birthing season for wild mammals. New mothers are often out during the day to search for food while their babies sleep.