Tinley Park Woman Wants Her Only Surviving Coyote Back After Property Raid By Illinois Department of Natural Resources Takes Four Coyotes

Brandon Ison
December 07, 2019 - 6:42 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Four Coyotes were taken from a Cook County woman's property in April. Now, Tinley Park resident Tomi Sue Tranchita wants Luna the coyote returned, the only surviving coyote from the pack after the three others died at a wildlife rehabilitation center.

"There's no reason why she shouldn't be able to come back," Tranchita said.

Tranchita, an educator for non-releasable coyotes for the last 13 years, said the coyotes were given to her by the Tinley Park Animal Control.

This past year, she forgot to renew a $25 permit, which led to an early morning raid by Illinois Department of Natural Resources. She said she now has all of her permits current and she wants to get Luna back.

But she said the IDNR attorney said that if she takes Luna back from a Coyote Rescue in Indiana, they will conduct another raid on her property in un-incorporated Tinley Park and take her again.

On Thursday, Tranchita will file a civil suit against IDNR for failure to follow procedure, due process and violating her amendment rights. She said the IDNR wants the case dismissed. 

"They are trying to protect the officer that did quite a few things wrong," she said of the IDNR. "This is way beyond appropriate action."

She said she would be willing to drop the suit if she gets Luna back.

The IDNR did not respond to requests for comment.

Tranchita said the other coyotes died from the stress after the raid. A representative for Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation, where three of the coyotes died, was unable to comment because of the ongoing litigation but confirmed the deaths.