Wild animals are considered to be indigenous to our area and generally beyond the
responsibility of the Village animal control program. However, the Kenilworth Police
Department will provide assistance on those occasions when wild animals enter the living
space of a residence and pose a threat to persons.
Wild animals in eaves, walls, under decks, in garages, etc. are not considered to be a
threat and, according to Village policy, cannot be handled by the police. When their
presence in these areas poses a problem, members of the police department will gladly
provide information and suggestions for relocating them but it is the homeowners'
responsibility to deal with the animals or contract with a private pest control company.
Coyotes and Fox
During the past few months, the police department has received a number of complaints
from residents about coyotes and fox in their neighborhoods. Many wild animals,
including the coyote and fox, adapt very well to urbanization and can co-exist with
humans. Some residents have expressed concern about these animals attacking pets and
children. Attacks by coyotes on humans are extremely rare and attacks on humans by
fox are non-existent. In fact, both animals are very skittish and tend to shy away
from direct contact with humans.
The question has also been asked as to why the police department will not capture and
remove these animals. The Kenilworth Police Department does not trap or remove wild
animals because it requires licensing and specialized training. Coyote and fox are
protected species and as such, must be trapped by agencies licensed by the Illinois
Department of Natural Resources. According to the Illinois Department of Natural
Resources, trapping is not necessarily a remedy to the situation.
If you observe any wild animal that appears to be sick or presents a danger to the
public, please call 9-1-1 immediately. There are agencies that will trap
and remove coyotes and fox if they are sick, injured or present a danger to the public, but
it is at the property owner's expense.