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"Zombie Coyotes" Spotted In Chicago Suburbs

Those stray dogs in Cook County could be coyotes with a disease called sarcoptic mange.

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Wildlife biologists for the Forest Preserves of Cook County say that they’ve been fielding reports of creepy-looking coyotes in the suburbs—and the animals, with fur loss and skin problems, are likely suffering from a disease called sarcoptic mange. Though it’s rarely life-threatening, it is contagious, and can spread to household pets.