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Wildlife Calls

As the name of our City implies, we are surrounded by the lake and forest lands. It is in the best interest of the community to learn how to co-exist with the abundance of wildlife travelers within our City. The Lake Forest Police Department regularly responds to resident calls involving wildlife. The police do not trap or remove wildlife. Residents may be directed to contact a private company that specializes in removal of unwanted pests. The information below offers some suggestions about how to live with certain wildlife species that frequent Lake Forest.   


Deer

White-tailed_deer

Did you know the white-tailed deer is the state mammal of Illinois?

The Lake Forest Police would like to remind residents and travelers that it is mating season (October-January) for these beautiful creatures. Most deer-vehicle accidents (DVAs) occur during the months of October, November and December. Because deer are most active at dusk and dawn, it is not surprising that most accidents involving deer happen between the hours of 5 to 10 p.m. and 5 to 8 a.m. While not all deer-vehicle collisions can be prevented, there are steps that drivers can take to avoid an accident. Click here to continue.

Fall is a good time of year to consider replacing shrubbery and plantings with deer resistant varieties. It is also a good time to consider installing covers over window wells to prevent animals from falling into the openings. 

Coyotes

Coyote

With our mild weather, it's time for our springtime wildlife to start their annual matchmaking and courtship rituals.  While most go unnoticed, our community is perfect habitat for the infamous Coyote.   Thankfully, most interactions are uneventful but as we have encroached on their habitat, their behavior has evolved to be far less fearful of our activities.  In nearly all cases, if you leave them alone, they'll leave you alone. 

This is the time of year when breeding peaks and goes until early March.  With a gestation period (pregnancy equivalent) of approximately 60 days, most litters of pups are born between late April and early May.  From February to mid-March mother coyotes are actively seeking out den sites.  By 3 months the puppies are learning how to hunt.  While it's an incredible sight, it may not be what you want to see on your property.  So what can you do to peacefully co-exist? Click here for the complete article.

 

Skunks

Eau de skunk, we all know that smell!skunk

Skunks have been holed up for the winter and are now emerging to continue the cycle of life, mating season. They typically mate in February and March and give birth in May and June. Skunks are nocturnal and are seen most often at dusk and early morning.

Right now is a great time to get out and inspect your property. Check around your stoop, deck, shed, or anywhere else a skunk could burrow to make a den. Clear away brush or remove wood piles which are also places of harborage. Deck screening is recommended to keep animals from burrowing underneath your porch or deck. You can dig a shallow trench and bury the screening several inches beneath ground level.

Make sure that your window wells are covered. It’s best to use good quality window well covers, the kind that you can stand on. The Lake Forest Police often receive calls from residents because a skunk or other animal has fallen into the window well and can’t get out. If this happens, a do-it-yourself method of extraction is simply to place a 2x4 into the opening to make a ramp so the animal can climb out. Click here for the complete article.

THE CITY OF LAKE FOREST
220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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