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Animal Control Educational Publications:

The Animal Control Officer provides information pertaining to wildlife and domestic animals located in the Village of Morton Grove. Each month, a new topic is shared on our social media page (see: Morton Grove Police Department FB page) and in the Village of Morton Grove’s email newsletter. Copies of past publications are posted to this page.

Resource: Facebook—Morton Grove Police Department

Domestic Animal Publications:

  • Be the Paw-fect Valentine!
    • Keeping pets away from Valentine’s Day dangers.
  • Behavioral Enrichment
    • DIY cognitive dog toys & Dog-opoly!
  • Canine Food Guide
    • Toxic and hazardous human foods that your dog should avoid.
  • Canine Winter Shelters
    • Safety measures for winter-friendly dog houses.
  • Heat Stroke in Dogs
    • Signs and dangers of heat stroke in dogs.
  • Holiday Décor & Pet Safety
    • Understanding common holiday décor dangers, and how to keep your pets safe during the holiday season.
  • Hot Dog!
    • Preventing the tragic death or injury of pets left alone in parked cars.
  • HOWLoween
    • Halloween safety tips for your furry friends—considerations for costumes, meet & greets, identification, plants (i.e., pumpkins), glow sticks, etc.
  • Indoor Cats
    • Creating the purr-fect indoor environment (enrichment, companionship, perches & posts, etc.)
    • Considerations for indoor cat health.
  • Lost Pets
    • Proper identification for pets, including microchips and traditional pet I.D. tags.
  • No Tricks, No Treats
    • Protecting your pets from dangerous Halloween candies.
  • Outdoor Cats
    • Assessing the risk of an outdoor lifestyle for cats.
    • Health, safety, and environmental concerns.
  • Pandemic Pooches
    • Considerations for residents who brought a new pet into their home during the pandemic.
  • Pets & Fireworks
    • Tips that should be followed to make the fireworks celebrations less frightening for your pets.
  • Pets & Plants
    • Considerations for plants that can be toxic or harmful to pets.
  • Pets & Salt
    • Precautions that should be taken when walking dogs during the winter months; and when pets encounter salt outside.
  • Pets & Ticks
    • Protecting your pets from ticks, including tick removal and prevention.
  • Pets & Wildlife
    • How to minimize your pet’s contact with and impact on wildlife.
  • The Link
    • Often times, animal issues (whether it’s cruelty or neglect) are a warning sign that other problems & crimes exist within the household.
    • The areas where these crimes overlap—between cruelty to animals & violence towards humans—is called “The Link.”
  • Winter Wellness & Pets
    • Understanding that dogs and cats are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia, especially exposed skin on noses, ears, and paw pads.

Wildlife Publications:

  • Avian Influenza
    • Recommendations to mitigate the spread of the virus among wild bird populations.
  • Baby Bunnies
    • What to do if you find a nest of baby bunnies.
    • How to know if a wild bunny needs help.
  • Baby Wildlife
    • What you should and should not do if you find a baby animal.
    • Considerations for: deer, birds, rabbits, squirrels, opossums, raccoons, foxes, and skunks.
  • Bird Feeders
    • Bird feeder maintenance and cleaning checklist.
  • Canada Goose
    • Information on the legal status of Canada Geese, which are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act & by Illinois State Law.
    • Stages of nesting, habitat, and conflict management.
  • Living with Skunks
    • How to identify the presence of skunks and their dens.
    • Preventative measures that can be taken (exclusion techniques) and removal.
  • Oh Deer
    • Information on the White-Tailed Deer in Illinois.
  • Red-Winged Blackbirds
    • Understanding that these birds are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
    • Bird behavior, nesting period, and recommendations for conflict management.
  • Skunked 101
    • Removing the skunk oil from your pet’s coat after being sprayed.
  • The Urban Coyote Fact Sheet
    • The benefits of urban coyotes.
    • How to deter coyotes, when to act (protecting pets), and what to do when conflict arises.
  • The Urban Coyote (Part 1)
    • There are state and local laws protecting coyotes; therefore, requests for service must be handled in accordance with best practices.
    • Education of the public will provide positive means for coexistence with coyotes.
    • Coyotes play a vital role in ecological balance.
  • The Urban Coyote (Part 2)
    • Proper identification of a coyote, average urban coyote life span, and stages of reproduction.
    • Urban coyote diet, and their importance in ecological balance.
    • Coyotes inhabit virtually every available territory in Cook County.
    • Understanding coyote behavior, and determining the presence of coyotes in the area.
  • The Urban Coyote (Part 3)
    • Understanding events of conflict (incidents) and various categories of coyote attacks.
    • How to protect pets from coyote encounters, and other safety considerations for human-coyote encounters.
    • Methods for deterring coyote activity near residences (mitigation).
  • The Urban Coyote (Part 4)
    • In areas where coyotes most likely traverse, habitat modifications and exclusion may help deter coyotes from direct encounters with humans and pets.
    • Hazing is conducted with the intention of changing or reversing the behavior of habituated coyotes, to re-instill a fear of people.
  • Understanding Skunks
    • Understanding the important ecological role that skunks provide to the areas they inhabit.
    • Skunk behavior and warning signs to heed.

Rodent Control Publications:

  • Look for Evidence of Rats
    • Evidence indicating the presence of rats in an area.
  • Rats or Mice
    • Understanding the difference between the presence of house mice or Norway rats.
  • Rodent Checklist
    • Questions that will help residents in determining if there are conditions on a property that could be contributing to rodent activity.
  • Rodent Control Guidelines
    • Rodent control program for the inspection of rats, treatment of burrows, and ensuring that preventative measures are in place.
  • Sanitation Guidelines
    • Rodent-proofing your property.
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