Many species of wildlife are welcome visitors to our properties, and some may become a nuisance. Preventing problems with wildlife is simpler, and often less expensive, than correcting problems caused by wildlife. The resources provided here will help to minimize conflicts with most suburban wildlife.
The Wildlife Illinois website is another great resource: https://www.wildlifeillinois.org/.
Due to our proximity to the Busse Woods Forest Preserve, the Village has received reports from residents with concerns about increased coyote activity in populated areas throughout the years. While not all coyote sightings are cause for concern, our top priority is keeping our residents and pets safe.
The Village is taking a proactive step to strategically address coyote issues or concerns by partnering with Scientific Wildlife Management. Scientific Wildlife Management has worked with many municipalities throughout the Chicagoland Area and is led by Rob Erikson, one of the nation’s leading experts on the topic of urban coyote management. The Village has hired Scientific Wildlife Management to understand, monitor, and manage the coyote population within Elk Grove Village.
By clicking Scientific Wildlife Management, you will be directed to their website to report any and all unusual coyote behavior. This information collected will allow them to accurately investigate coyote concerns. They will review the information such as location, physical condition of the coyote, and the behavior of the coyote in order to identify any coyotes that display unusual or threatening behavior.
The Village has approved ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention Inc. for wildlife nuisance control on private property. The Village no longer provides animal control services involving wild animals on private property unless the animal is sick, injured, or possesses an immediate hazard/danger to the public. The Police Department will continue to respond to complaints from residents regarding dogs, cats, and animal abuse situations.
To better assist residents in addressing wild animal nuisance problems on private property ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention Inc. has been identified as providing professional services at the lowest cost to Elk Grove Village residents. ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention Inc. will charge a private resident directly for the trapping and removal of raccoons, skunks, opossums, squirrels, rabbits, groundhogs, and foxes.
The Village is not the purchaser of private animal control services and the decision to use ABC Humane Wildlife is that of the property owner and not the Village. The decision whether to use ABC Humane Wildlife, or any other commercial animal control service, is completely up to the resident. Residents wishing to use ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention Inc. must deal directly with the company.
|Rates as of August 2019|
|Initial Inspection and trap set-up||$65|
|Removal of targeted/non targeted animal||$55|
|Hand-Capture of Animal||$150|
|Dead animal Removal||$55|
|Business Hours Emergency Response||$150 plus fee for services required|
|After Hours Emergency Response||$350 plus fee for services required|
Many kinds of wildlife share our neighborhoods, though we seldom see them. Although they usually do not cause any problems, their habitats and those of Village residents sometimes cross.
Most suburban wildlife is wary of humans and will avoid people whenever possible. If you notice aggressive behavior towards you by any wild animal, please call 911.
The following information will minimize conflicts with the most common suburban wildlife:
- Never feed wild animals. Feeding of wildlife is prohibited by Village Code, and may cause animals to become aggressive towards people.
- Dispose of garbage in covered refuse cans.
- Promptly remove fallen fruit from trees and harvested garden produce.
- Follow approved composting methods.
- Don't leave pets (small dogs, cats, etc.) outside at night.
- Cover or secure structural entry points: Chimneys, attic or crawl space vents, window wells, and underneath decks or patios.
- Motion-activated lights may work temporarily to keep animals away.
- Cayenne pepper sprinkled on the soil in trouble spots may discourage wild animals from digging.