A Springfield man told a television station that his pet dog was attacked by a coyote in the man’s backyard.
Patrick Kelley said his dog, Murph, is recovering from the attack. The home is near a park where people often walk dogs.
The Cook County Coyote Project, which studies the animal in urban areas since 2000, suggests keeping smaller pets on leashes at parks and carrying a walking stick or noisemaker to drive off any coyote.
The project says there are between six and 14 coyote-on-dog attacks in the Chicago area per year, more often on smaller dogs and in colder months.
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The project found no coyote attacks on humans in Illinois.