Two coyotes were removed from a North Side park after people began feeding them and letting them play with their dogs off-leash, according to an email from an alderman.

The coyotes were becoming aggressive toward people in Winnemac Park, 5100 N. Leavitt St., according to an email from Ald. Pat O’Connor (40th).

It later was found that people had been feeding the coyotes and letting them play with their dogs off-leash, the email to residents stated.

“Feeding wild animals is never a good idea because it alters the natural behavior of the animal and its subsequent interaction with others that they come in contact with,” the email stated. “This can end in tragic circumstances when people react in a way that is counter to those who have fed or engaged in playful interaction with their pets.”

O’Connor stated that his office as well as 311 recently got calls from residents saying they were “harrassed, followed and menaced” by the coyotes.

Animal Control relocated the coyotes to a wildlife rehabilitation center in Barrington, Ill.

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