Animal Control

Wildlife Invasion

Leyden TownshipThe Township will provide a trap, at no charge to residents, for a period of one week. To request a trap, contact Animal Control at 847-455-8616. If the resident does not trap the animal within the given time frame, he/she may call Animal Control and request an extension contingent upon availability.

Bait Guide

If resident's wish to bait and set the trap. The following information is a list of bait for each animal type:

  • Raccoon: Fish, sweet corn, crisp bacon, marshmallows
  • Skunk: Entrails of chicken, fresh and canned fish
  • Opossum: Fresh or canned fish, apples

We ask that the trap be set around 7 pm. Please do not set the trap during the daytime as we do not want to trap squirrels, cats, etc.

If an animal has been trapped please call Animal Control at 847-455-8616 Monday through Friday. If your call is answered by voicemail, please leave a message that includes your name, address, phone number and what type of animal was caught in the trap.

Please do not remove the enclosure from around the trap. In the event that a skunk is trapped it will help protect the animal control officer when removing the animal.


It shall be the duty of all dog owners to have a rabies vaccination for all dogs. No person shall permit any dog to run at large in the Township at any time. All dogs shall be leashed at all times when in public. All animal feces must be picked up on parkways, right-of-way, neighborhood yards, streets, or parks.

Lost & Found Dogs

During normal businesses hours, please call the Township animal control at 847-455-8616 to report a stray animal. After business hours and weekends, please contact the Cook County Sheriff's Police Department at 847-635-1188.


It shall be the duty of all cat owners to have a rabies vaccination for each cat over the age of four months. No person shall permit their cat to run at large in the Township. All cats shall be kept under restraint.

CatVando is an organization that works toward the humane management and reduction of street cats, stray and feral, through a Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program. They address the issue of street cats, provide support to cat care givers and use the opportunity to teach respect for all of life. For more information please visit the Catvando website.

Also, Pawsitively Feral.