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Coyotes snatch dog in North Aurora

Updated: December 8, 2012 6:36AM

NORTH AURORA — A small dog was attacked over the weekend on the far west side of North Aurora, police said Tuesday.

The 11-pound Yorkie terrier was attacked and taken by coyotes in the 2800 block of Sterkel Road at about 2:30 a.m., police said.

Neighbors reported hearing coyotes howling and then heard the dog being attacked while he was in the back yard, which backs up to a pond area. The owner, who was watching from the back door, reported that the coyotes came from the tall grass around the pond, grabbed the 5-year-old dog, and took him back into the weeds.

Police said this is the first reported coyote attack in North Aurora, though residents of the area report hearing coyotes frequently and having occasional sightings.

Police said there was another encounter at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in Tanner Trails Park. A resident was walking his small dog on a leash when he came across two coyotes in the baseball field near the northeast corner of the park. They did not attack — but they also did not run away, police said.

Any resident who is confronted by a coyote or whose pet is attacked is urged to call North Aurora police.

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