Coyotes spotted scampering across Lake Shore Drive - FOX 32 News Chicago

Coyotes spotted scampering across Lake Shore Drive

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Multiple coyotes were observed crossing Lake Shore Drive early Tuesday morning.

Jennifer Struzik, a FOX 32 News employee, captured photos of two coyotes scurrying near the busy roadway around 2:30 a.m. by the exit for Randolph and Wacker Drive.

Struzik was driving north on LSD, when a taxi in front of her hit the brakes. 

"I wasn't sure why he hit the brakes, and then this coyote ran in front of my car," Struzik says. "I had to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting it."

The coyote seemed lost, she noticed, as it had been in the center of Lake Shore Drive near the concrete wall before crossing the street.

Struzik turned into the Chicago Yacht Club at Monroe and Lake Shore Drive to snap some photos when she noticed there were two coyotes. Though they seemed scared, they continued to "prance south along the lakefront," she said.

Though sightings of coyotes downtown have been rare, there have been multiple reports this year of the feral four-legged canines invading the streets and neighborhoods of Wheaton, Aurora, Winfield, and the Near North Side.

Last month, a freelance photographer's photos went viral when he captured a few coyotes roving around Wrigleyville.

Officials have also warned of small dogs being attacked, and killed in some instances, in the suburbs.

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