Dog in Coyote Attack Likely Dead in North Aurora, Police Say

The dog was never found and a body was never recovered.

The dog that was attacked by coyotes and taken away earlier this month in North Aurora is presumed dead, according to police.

The dog never returned and his body was never recovered, said Scott Buziecki, North Aurora deputy police chief.

A group of coyotes took the small dog away at about 2:30 a.m. Nov. 4 while he was in the owner's backyard in the 2800 block of Sterkel Road.

In a coyote encounter, an owner or human's presence might make the difference.

Buziecki said he is not a coyote expert, but it appears that the wild animals went for the small dog in the Nov. 4 incident because it wasn't directly by its owner. That wasn't the case for another incident, which involved two coyotes and took place on Nov. 3 in a baseball field near Bauer Road and Schrader Lane.

"They did not approach the human who was walking a small dog," Buziecki said. "I presume they were looking at the dog as a potential victim, but did not approach because of fear of the adult, who was much bigger than them."

Coyote sightings, encounters and attacks on small animals in the suburbs have increased in recent years.

"There was a coyote walking north on the walking path next to Kirk Road, just south of Wilson, on Friday, 11/2 around 4 p.m.," said Wendy Coyle on the Batavia Patch Facebook page. "They don't seem bothered by much."

Experts advise people to stand their ground if coyotes appear and either yell or throw things at the creatures. Keep pets leashed and report any sightings of aggressive coyotes to the local police department as soon as possible.

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Jon Azavedo November 19, 2012 at 01:55 PM
"victim" "body" "presumed dead." This is the goofiest story I've ever read, with the North Aurora police treating this like a kidnapping. How about using the word "carcass" there was no victim, and "presumed dead?" That dog was devoured within minutes of falling prey, did the cops think there was going to be a ransom note?
Jessica November 19, 2012 at 01:57 PM
My heart goes out to the pet owner. U think they r safe in your own backyard. I have actually been going out with my chihuahuas lately due to all the attacks. I also live by a forest area so coyotes REALLY concern me. :-(
chrisrus November 19, 2012 at 03:35 PM
This part... "it appears that the wild animals went for the small dog in the Nov. 4 incident because it wasn't directly by its owner" ...is a bit vague. Where was s/he in relationship to the dog?
Charles Menchaca November 25, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Hi Chrisrus, the owner was watching from the back door of his home while his dog was in the back yard, which backs up to a pond. I don't know the exact distance he was from the dog, but the initial story on this incident goes into more detail: http://patch.com/A-ztFs


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