Dog parks should be well light , as well as the paths leading to them

Dog parks should be well light , as well as the paths leading to them

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August Payton-Jones started this petition to Governor J.B. Pritzker and

On April 5th, I went on my usual walk with my dog Oreo and BJ. If  I had any idea of what was about to happen, I would have never gone out for a walk. Their playtime went as normal we meet a new pup friend, and everyone was happy. It wasn't until I was walking back to my car the unthinkable occurred. My little dog BJ and my big dog oreo started to act weird. As I looked to the left of me, there was a coyote. Being new to the area, I didn't hear much about coyotes being near that area. I mostly hear of them being near another area I stopped visiting. As the coyote drew itself closer to me, my dogs began to bark. I think okay, I have to try to make as much noise as I can. I started to yell at the top of my lungs. I threw my water bottle, and a few sticks we had taken to the dog park with us not seemed to work. I gauge how close I was to get back to the gate of the dog's play area. I didn't want to run as this could cause the animal to chase me and have a smaller older dog I could say if he could keep up. As I pulled my dog close, I saw the coyote start to run. I rush to try to pull my small dog from off the ground since I would have been able to carry him. as the coyote was about to attack, my little dog snatched off his leash and started to growl at the coyote keep it at bay until the coyote attacks him. The coyote snatched my poor dog off the ground and ran off to some tall grass on the side of the dog park. All I could do is yell and scream and cry as I called 911. I heard my dog yell as the coyote attacked him in the tall grass for 10 min I listened to his screams; I tried calling his name, hoping that by some miracle he could escape. I had no weapon. The police told me to stay in one place and use the light on my phone to see if I could see the coyote. As it got quiet, I notice something looking at me in the tall grass, its glowing eyes watching me as I paced back and forth, waiting for local authorities.  BJ lost his life that day, as I think I think of all the way I could have done more. Did something different, ran after his something. I could hardly see; we were able to find his body. However, there no closer for me 8 years he has been there for me. 8 years of teaching him to trick and eating snacks together. I feel as if I abandon him; I feel responsible for his death. Today 4/6/2021, I have spent time on the phone calling around to see I could find a way to get lights in the dog park and possibly a 911 phone station on each end of the trail as they have on a college campus. This is the complete removal of all the tall grass, which makes it good to hunt coyotes and other prey animals. This attack happened next to a dog park; not only that but a children's play area is nearby. I need Carol Stream to step up, you create these walking paths and play areas for animals and kids, but they are not well lit. They are also secluded in ways. I get it coyotes attack, it is their nature, but this was not normal. It watched and waited. Then tried to attack for a second time. This coyote has done this before; what's next. If the coyote was that brave to wander up to being less than 6 feet away, what else is it capable of? Yesterday I lost a friend; today, I'm fighting for changes to my community for him and others. I should feel helpless. I will figure out how to get the coyote removed, but we need light near our park and police tower phones. What if this was a child? Please help me in getting this addressed. 

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