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Resident west of Peru warns about coyotes

An 18-year-old took action this week that may have saved a Peru resident’s pet from coyotes.

Skyler Frederick was working at his grandparents’ business, Scholle’s Towing and Body Shop between Peru and Spring Valley, when he looked out into the field out back and spotted one coyote in front of a 30-pound dog and three others chasing the dog. “I got our dog and put him in the house and then I got in my truck and drove into the field because they were trying to get him,” Frederick said. He said he believed the coyotes were trying to wear down the dog.

When he drove into the field, the coyotes backed off and the dog came to him and sat. The dog had tags, so a call to the number on the tag quickly reunited the dog and its family.

Frederick said he has concerns for his family’s dog when it’s out, as coyotes often show up in the afternoons in the field and come into the yard at night. He said he sometimes sees the coyotes emerge from the wooded areas to the west or to the south of St. Bede, but this group more often shows up from the west side of Peru the area behind UPS and near a church near Sycamore Street.

Frederick’s grandma, Jean Scholle, said “Yesterday my grandson saw a dog chasing (or playing with) a coyote in the field behind our shop, other coyotes running behind him.”

She advised people on the west edge of Peru to “keep a close eye on their pets.”

Craig Sterrett can be reached at (815) 220-6935 or csterrett@shawmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_NewsEditor.

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