Mangy coyotes have been spotted in IL suburbs, with some calling them “zombie dogs”.
Wait, it’s hairless and haggard.
The Hanover Park Police department posted a severe warning on their official Facebook page Wednesday along with some photos of normal coyotes verses infected coyotes to inform people.
Hanover Park police are warning residents that coyotes suffering from mange are being confused for sickly looking stray dogs.
Sarcoptic mange is borne by a mite that burrows deep into the skin causing intense itching and irritation.
This stock image shows a coyote staring directly at a camera. “Infected animals will often appear “mangy” – which looks just like it sounds”, Hanover Police said.
People have reached out to police with concerns about what they think are malnourished or neglected stray dogs.
Police in one IL town are warning people to stay away from “zombie” coyotes that may look like a lost pet. It is making the animals come out during the day, as well.
Cops say they’re not normally aggressive but should still be avoided. They also warn residents to keep their pets away from the mange-infected animals. You can avoid attracting them to your yards and neighborhoods by not leaving food out and by securing your garbage.
Though coyotes are abundant in the area, the newspaper reported, there have been no documented coyote bites in IL in the past 30 years, according to the University of IL.
Someone is more likely to get bit by a domestic dog, the site suggests.