“Zombie Dogs” Roaming Chicago Neighborhood

For a few weeks, the population of Chicago has been alarmed by the appearance of coyotes that go out to hunt by day.

Police in Hanover Park, a suburb of Chicago, warned people to keep their pets inside the house to keep them from being attacked by “zombie dogs.”

According to police, in recent weeks they received several reports on “malnourished or abandoned street dogs” hanging around the village. But they clarified that in reality they are urban coyotes infected with sarcoptic mange, a highly contagious skin disease.

“Unfortunately, there is an increase in sarcoptic mange in the urban coyote population. Infected animals suffer from hair loss and develop secondary infections, which makes them look like a ‘zombie’ dog ,” police said.

Infections affect vision, causing these normally nocturnal animals to go out and look for food during the day . The infected coyotes are not usually aggressive, but they should be avoided at all times.

Urban coyotes inhabit metropolitan areas of North America, areas where the population of these wild animals thrives due to availability of food and absence of predators. In addition, in Illinois the urban coyote is a protected species, which means that killing or hunting them without a special license is illegal.

By Sarah Colin

Sarah Colin is the senior editor of Strange News Chronicle, and can't really think of a better job than one that lets her read and write interesting stories on everything from aliens and asteroids to Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. Sarah previously worked in magazines at Transcontinental Media and headed up the lifestyle department at Sun Media. Her Twitter bio describes her as a "reader, writer, eater,, fancy geek, summer cyclist," which pretty much sums up how she spends her time outside of work.

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