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Some areas of the Village are reporting an increase in the number of skunk sightings.  The Village recommends reviewing the information/tips below (courtesy of the University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR):

Many mammals (including skunks) are legally protected by the Illinois Wildlife Code.  The Directory of Illinois Wildlife is an excellent resource with information on how to prevent & solve issues with urban wildlife.

CONTROL

To make your residence less desirable for skunk and other wildlife:

  • Secure garbage cans/lids tightly and make sure dumpster lids are closed especially at night
  • Remove bird feeders from property
  • Never leave pet food outside overnight
  • Remove brush and/or wood piles
  • Seal any and all openings around the foundation of your home
  • Use window well covers to prevent skunks from falling into window wells - you can also use wire mesh
  • Consider fencing to keep skunks off property or at least away from small areas like gardens
  • Devices meant to scare wildlife such as strobe lights are generally not very effective - but may do the trick in some situations

Currently, there are no registered repellents for skunks.

REMOVAL

Skunks can only be legally removed by a licensed nuisance wildlife control operator.  Or, if you prefer to attempt to remove the skunk yourself (which is generally not recommended), you must contact an Illinois Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist in order to obtain an animal removal permit and instructions on how to properly and safely trap and remove the animal.

SKUNKS & RABIES

While skunks are generally not dangerous if undisturbed, they can be carriers of rabies (although this is rare - most cases of rabies in the U.S. come from bats).  If a you observe a skunk that seems to have lost its fear of people, has uncoordinated movements or seizures, call the Cook County Animal Control office at (708) 974-6140  to request removal of the skunk, followed by a call to the Cook County Department of Public Health at (708) 633-4000.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Click here for a link to the University of Illinois Extension's "Living with Wildlife" Professional Services Resource Page.

IF YOUR PET IS SPRAYED

Several sources are reporting the following "recipe" to be the most effective to remove skunk spray from pets:

Mix 1 quart Hydrogen Peroxide, 1/4 baking soda and one teaspoon of liquid soap and apply to the affected pet.  Leave on for five minutes.  Rinse and repeat as necessary.

HIGH NUMBERS - WHY?

Click here to read an article from the Daily Southtown on the high number of skunks being reported this year.

ONE FINAL THOUGHT

According to the Humane Society of the United States, 

Occasional skunk sightings in a neighborhood are not a cause for alarm. Because skunks are generally easy-going, they will not intentionally bother people. In fact, skunks may benefit humans by eating many insects and rodents many regard as pests. The nocturnal habits of skunks, their unaggressive nature , and the generally beneficial role they play in nature by consuming insects and rodents are all good reasons to leave them alone until they have moved on their own accord (which they readily do) or can safely be harassed away from an area where they are not wanted.

 

 

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For the September 2015 E-Newsletter, please click here

On Monday, September 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM at Village Hall, the Village Board discussed the three development proposals for Lake and Park.  Public comment on the proposals were welcomed. The three proposals under consideration are:

  

Keystone Ventures

Pathway Senior Living

Pine Grove Partners

 

 

 

August 11, 2015

Last fall, the Village of River Forest approved changes to on-street parking and traffic around Roosevelt Middle School – commonly known as the “Roosevelt PRI.”  These changes will take effect with the 2015-2016 school year which commences on Monday, August 24, 2015.  The Village will be erecting new signs this week which will designate the new regulations.  The highlights of these changes include:

  • Oak Street will be closed between Lathrop and Jackson during the school day.  Currently, it is a one-way only street during school hours.  School and Library staff will be able to park on both sides of Oak between 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM.  Oak Street will resume normal two way traffic after the school day is over.
  • The one-way designation on Jackson from Chicago to Oak will now continue through to Quick.  This one-way designation is only during the school day and traffic will resume to two-way traffic during non-school hours.
  • The east side of Jackson from Chicago to Quick will be “three hour parking only” during school hours.
  • The west side of Jackson from Chicago to Quick will be reserved for school and library staff parking (near Chicago and Quick) and as a drop off zone – both during school hours.  The drop-off zone will convert to short-term parking during the school day.
  • Parking in front of the library on Lathrop will be 30 minutes or less for short term visitors.

These changes were recommended by the Village’s Traffic & Safety Commission (a group of resident volunteers) and approved by the Village Board.  The Traffic & Safety Commission will review these changes later this year to review their effectiveness post-implementation.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me or Public Works Director John Anderson

Sincerely,

Eric Palm

Village Administrator 

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