EAST CHICAGO, IN – As the crisp autumn air sweeps across cities, the unseen boundary between human residences and the wilderness seems to blur.
This reality struck East Chicago early on a Saturday morning when a dozen coyotes were spotted roaming around the Prairie Park area, notably on Purdue Drive around 8 a.m. It’s a stark reminder to urban residents of the natural wildlife that surrounds them, and the caution that the cooler months demand.
Local authorities are urging residents to secure their pets and ensure garbage cans are tightly sealed to deter these curious and often hungry visitors from exploring urban neighborhoods.
The East Chicago Police Department emphasized the importance of keeping a safe distance from the coyotes, and being extra cautious during early morning or late evening walks with small pets.
As the season’s foliage falls, it unveils the need for heightened vigilance to ensure peaceful co-existence with our wild neighbors. The cool weather might be inviting to us, but remember, it’s inviting to wildlife too.