Sightings and inquires of coyotes by our residents have increased over the past few years. If you see a coyote, do not run. Instead, make yourself look as big as possible by raising your hands over your head while yelling, and stomp your feet. The coyote will typically jog or run away from you. If not, the coyote might have learned that the loud noises will not hurt them, and they will often just sit and watch you. If this is the case, simply back away and leave the area. If you are walking your dog during an encounter, keep the dog's leash short and leave the area. However, it is possible that the coyote might follow you until you leave its territory. If your dog gets into a fight with a coyote, do not try to separate them with your hands, but use a stick or throw something. To find out more information on the coyotes in our area, visit coyotes. An informational flyer is also available at the Buffalo Grove Police Department.
Feral Cats are defined as cats that are the offspring of domestic cats that are born in the wild. Feral cats are common in Buffalo Grove, and will often make their homes in holes under a patio, deck, or sheds. The mother cat will leave its kittens unattended for extended periods of time. If you observe unsupervised kittens, please do not disturb them. The mother will return. An informational flyer is available at the Buffalo Grove Police Department. To find out how to deter feral cats from living in your yard, and their habits, visit feral cats.
Recently, there has been an increase in rabid bats in Lake County. The Police Department is not trained or equipped to handle bats. The attached link provides you information on what to do if you find a bat in your house, and who you should contact to have it removed. Visit rabid bats. Additional information is also provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on their website.
Other Local Wildlife
There is a variety of wildlife that call Buffalo Grove home. Some of the more commonly sighted ones are squirrels, red fox, opossum, raccoon, and canadian geese.