Coyote Running Wild On I-55 Stevenson Expressway Delays Morning Rush Before Dashing Off (VIDEO)

12/06/2013 02:46 pm ET

Coyotes just can't seem to quit Chicago.

A coyote was spotted zig-zagging through outbound traffic on the Stevenson Expressway near Harlem Avenue during morning rush Thursday -- even after being hit by an SUV. ABC Chicago reports the animal escaped into a nearby forest preserve before state police and animal control tried to tranquilize it.

The growing presence of coyotes in the metro area has troubled some residents, especially those on Chicago's West Side, where a 3-year-old boy was bitten in the face during an apparent coyote attack last month.

CBS Chicago reports in the wake of the incident, the Department of Animal Control met with concerned residents but said there's no official plan to eliminate them. Instead, residents are advised to discourage their presence by not feeding them and scaring them off when they appear.

“Stamp your feet. Be angry, yell at them. Keep being humans and that will allow them to see you as a threat,” Dr. Donna Alexander told CBS.

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