Coyote Kills Dog In Winfield: Illinois Boy Watched As Animal Snatched Up Family Pet

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Though an 11-year-old Winfield, Ill. boy raced to grab a baseball bat in an attempt to scare off a coyote with an eye on his family’s tiny Yorkshire Terrier, the effort was no match for the determined prairie wolf.

The Daily Herald reports that, around 9 p.m. Tuesday, Coco, the 3 1/2-pound dog belong to Leslee and Timothy Bassett, was snatched up from the family’s backyard. The dog was found dead along the Illinois Prairie Path behind the house a half-hour later.

Tim Bassett told NBC Chicago the dog will be deeply missed.

“She was a real tiny little dog but she loved everybody and everybody always wanted to take her home,” Bassett said. “They all loved her. She was a great little dog.

The Bassett family’s tragedy is just one of a series of recent instances of coyotes attacking small dogs in the Chicago area. Late last month, two small dogs survived a coyote attack in a backyard in nearby Wheaton, Ill. A week prior to that, another Yorkshire Terrier puppy died in a separate coyote encounter which also occurred in Wheaton.

Sightings of coyotes and other, larger predators such as bears, cougars and wolves have grown increasingly common in the Chicago area — a trend wildlife experts told the Chicago Tribune that won’t be changing any time soon. Coyotes, in particular, are reportedly “thriving” in the area.

“They’ve adapted so well to suburbia that they’re not afraid of anything,” wildlife control expert Robert Erickson told the Tribune of the area’s coyotes. “Once they become habituated, that’s when you have problems.”

Unconfirmed cougar sightings have been reported in Schaumburg and several other North Shore communities in recent months, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

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Elephant Attack – Kills A Women

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Another life was lost last Thursday to a wild animal at Ndorotsha, a settlement 25 km from Seronga village in the North West District.

The incident comes barely a week after a man was killed by a lion close to the same area.
Acting Station Commander of Seronga Police Station Assistant Superitandant Gaolapelwe Phaphe told The Voice that the deceased was attacked by an elephant on her way back from fetching water at a nearby river at around six in the evening.

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He said the deceased was with two other people who were accompanying her when they saw the elephant which had two young ones heading towards their direction. “When the elephants were getting closer to them she asked her friends to go back to their place because she feared that they may be attacked.”

Phaphe said that the deceased tried to run but the animal gave chase. When it caught up with her, it lifted her up and threw her some distance away leading to her instant death.

Regional Wildlife Officer Bolt Othomile said that they are still looking for the elephant which killed the deceased. “An animal changes behaviour after killing a person and our officers will manage to locate it even if it’s amongst others,” said Othomile.

He also advised people to avoid going to the river in the late hours as that is when animals also go drinking.

He said that last week another family in Ditshiping area were attacked by elephants but managed to survive without any injuries.

Meanwhile a 19 year old man is nursing hand injuries after he was attacked by a lion at Ndorotsha two weeks ago. Phaphe said that the man found the lion eating his calf and he tried to attack it but ended up injured.

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Human-Elephant Conflict strategy

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Human-elephant conflict (HEC) is one of the crucial conservation issues in Sri Lanka, being an agricultural island of about 65,000 km2 and harbouring around 20 million people and about 4000 – 5000 elephants! North Western, Southern and Eastern regions record the most serious incidents – in 2009 the annual elephant death toll was 228 and tragically an estimated 50 human lives were lost.

The causes of HEC are manifold, however, ecosystem encroachment for agriculture and subsequent reduction in quality and quantity of elephant habitat is the key factor. The conflict interface is exacerbated by human interference with elephant movements and elephants raiding palatable agricultural crops. The nature and degree of HEC vary greatly within and between regions, hence possible mitigation measures, too, are case specific.

Born Free has undertaken and supported site specific mitigation measures in several locations, however we also believe that to tackle the problem at the national level it is essential to maximise the working capacity of conservation practitioners and stakeholders. Working with local NGO the Sri Lanka Nature Forum (SLNF) we have initiated a network of more than 30 institutions and individuals who are actively engaged in HEC mitigation in Sri Lanka. The project is an ongoing process to consult HEC stakeholders, to facilitate HEC national discussion among them, and to strengthen their working capacity towards mitigating HEC in Sri Lanka through enhanced communication.

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