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Chicago Tribune, Wednesday, April 20, 1994 Section 2 3' Chicagoland Long in exile from city, coyotes set up den, make selves at home it i A 5 know about it," Klueppel said of the coyote. "I don't consider it a threat But if it's going to be harmed here, it probably should be moved." City animal control officials want to move the coyotes because they believe the animal and 50-foot lots inhabited by humans don't mix. "Kids will pet anything," said Lee WJlson, a supervisor with the department. "If a child gets between an adult coyote and a pup, you could have a child getting bittea" There have been no reported cases of coyotes biting humans in the Chicago area. Most biologists agree that some wild animals living in tamed environments need to be controlled, But that, of course, does not dint' inish their benefit "Coyotes are here because they, are following their food source'; they are aiding in rodent control," said Barry Laga, a naturalist with the Little Red School House Nature Center in Palos Township.

"There are so few predators left in Cook County, people should be thankful they are around." "I think there's enough room for everybody and everything," said Mary Grundy, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1969. "I think they are beautiful said Ellen Ruther, one of the three officers trying to capture the coyote Tuesday. "But they don't belong in a neighborhood." By Peter Kendall Tribune Staff Writer A mound of rubbish in a Chicago back yard is no longer a strange place to look for a coyote. There, beneath a soggy carpet and rotting wood, three Animal Care and Control officers dressed in safari beige hoped to find the den of the coyotes that moved into a Northwest Side neighborhood a few weeks ago. Earlier Tuesday, photographers and news crews had a long look at a coyote basking in the morning light in a yard near the trash heap.

But the animal vanished Just before the officers arrived, almost as if it could smell the traps and nooses in the back of the brown vans. After a fruitless, hourlong search, the animal control officers returned their snares to their trucks and rumbled off, vowing to return. But even if they never catch those coyotes, there will be others. Like deer and raccoons, seagulls and cockroaches, coyotes are proving to be adaptable creatures that fit comfortably into the fractured, damaged ecosystems man has decided to live in. Moon howlers and range roamers, coyotes are also fence bounders, trash eaters and rat hunters.

Once virtually unheard of, coyote sightings have become increasingly common around metro- Animal control officers Ellen Ruther (left) and Val Henderson search under sheds and through back yards Tuesday in search of the Northwest Side coyotes, who have been living there a few weeks. -fit cently sighted resented the authorities who wanted to tranplant the animals to a Cook County Forest Preserve. For several of the neighbors, however, that changed after news of the coyotes had spread. As it turned out, the coyotes attracted other, larger vermin. "Four boys got out of a car with big sticks," said Tonilee Klueppel, who has lived in the nieghborhood all of her 51 years.

"We think they were going to go over the fence and go try to go after the coyote. "I wish everybody didn't have to Tribune photos by Carl Wagner A coyote is sitting pretty in a back yard in the Northwest Side's Norwood Park neighborhood as a bird flutters overhead. But the wily one was nowhere to be found once officers arrived to capture it. t- i I I ''s its i I A A GREAT DEALS ON TOWELS AND MORE FROM THE BATH SHOP AT SPIEGEL OUTLET 5.99 Soap Dish, Tumbler Toothbrush Holder Set original catalog price 14.90 4.99 to 9.99 Reversible, Cotton Bath Rugs original catalog price of 14.90 to 29.90 i 9.9$ Eyelet-Trimmed Bath Rugs, 24" 36" original catalog price 19.90 19.99 Three-Piece Bath Rug Set by Fieldcrest regular low outlet price 24.99 19.99 Shower Curtain Bath Accessory Set original catalog price 59.00 politan Chicago since the mid-1980s. In 1991, coyotes were trapped in Lincoln Park and on the Gold Coast, places where the only previous coyote sightings were of ones that had been made into coats.

It was a scenario played out in cities across the United States: After more than a hundred years in exile, coyotes were returning to live in a niche created by the people who had driven them oft At first, many of those who live in the Norwood Park neighborhood where the coyotes were re slt 0 ft I A II II a Air 1- Regional news Chicago Tribune Online INSTRUCTIONS ON PAGE 2. SECTION I Christine Winter discovers a former strip mall gone really gone. M417 Kane County tax bills will be on time this year, with few surprises, officials say. M403 Lake County Is on the verge of getting a health care facility for the poor. M406 State officials and engineers meet to work out the transportation needs at Motorola's new site.

M404 Teen leaders have no lack of ideas about sex, gangs and other concerns. M407 The five manufacturers named in the lawsuit brought by police officers from Illinois and four other states either couldn't be reached or declined to comment 'Tuesday. Riverdale Chemical plant blast injures 1 An explosion at a chemical plant Tuesday morning sent one worker to a hospital with minor burns. The explosion occurred at River-dale Industries, 13601 S. Ashland Ave.

The plant manufactures printing ink and varnish, said plant general manager Mike Rasmus sen. The explosion came after an abnormal reaction in a kettle used to mix an ink component, Rasmussen said. The fire lasted about three hours, he said. The employee, James R. Wheeler, was treated in St Francis Hospital, Blue Island, and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Burbank Rape attempt tied to 4 other attacks Police on Tuesday wefe still searching for the man accused of holding a 17-year-old youth at knifepoint and trying to rape him in an alley Saturday night Burbank Police Chief Bill Ku-jawa said he believes the attacker is the same one who has been preying on teenage boys in south Cook County since August. In this latest reported attack, the teenager said he was walking in an alley north of 79th Street near Linder Avenue about 10:45 p.m. when a man approached and asked for a cigarette. The man tried to strike up a conversation and then put a knife to the young man's throat After walking at knifepoint through a portion of the alley, the youth grabbed the man's genital area, broke away and ran northeast in the alley, Kujawa said. Kujawa said the attack was similar to four other assaults of teenage males in the area.

Kujawa said the teenager described his attacker as about 6-1, 165 to 175 pounds and about 25 years old. The man had a slim to medium build and black hair. The youth described his attacker as a black male. But the victims in the other attacks described their assailant as possibly Hispanic with a medium or dark complexion. Metropolitan report Chicago Girl, 8, assaulted on way to school Police on Tuesday were searching for a man who grabbed an 8-year-old South Side girl and sexually assaulted her Monday morning as she headed to school, police said.

The girl was abducted about 6:20 a.m. in the 2400 block of East 78th Street as she walked to meet someone who was driving her to school, said Pullman Area Sgt. Larry Augustine. He said the man sexually assaulted the girl on the rear stairwell of a building in that block. The girl was taken to an area hospital for treatment, he said.

Augustine said investigators believe the suspect was the offender in at least three other attacks on school-age girls that have occurred in the area since January. The suspect is described as black, 28 to 38 years old and about 6 feet tall, with a slim build and a dark complexion and with his hair braided and tied in multicolored bands. Fine hikes OKd for student beepers The potential fines for those caught bringing beepers into Chicago public schools would be increased under a proposal approved Tuesday by the City Council's Education Committee. The ordinance amendment would raise fines now set at between $200 and $500 to between $500 and $750 for each violation. But the amendment's sponsor conceded raising the fines probably won't do much good without more vigorous enforcement "Right now, I don't think enough people are being arrested for wearing or bringing beepers into Chicago schools, and I don't know if the judges are doing their Job by fining these people," said Aid.

Michael Wojcik (35th). Police Lt. Randolph Barton, head of the public school patrol unit, said there have been 700 arrests for beeper violations on school property during the current school year, compared with about 1,000 during the entire 1992-93 school year. Police suing radar-gun makers The manufacturers of radar equipment used to track down speeders were named in a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday by six police officers who claimed the speed guns cause cancer. The lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court asks for a court order establishing a fund that would be used to monitor the long-term health effects of the radar guns on police officers.

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