After More Reports of Coyote Attacks, DNR Says to Supervise Pets

The DNR says coyotes are posing a huge problem for metro area suburbs, according to CBS Minnesota.

Small pets are falling prey to coyote attacks in metro area backyards.

This is a familiar story to some St. Louis Park residents, as a few pets have been reportedly attacked or ultimately killed over the past couple years. Recently, an Edina woman told Patch readers her cat was killed by a coyote last week.

According to CBS Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the city coyote problem stems from residents not being able to hunt and trap them, like residents can in rural areas:

“You’re not gonna be able to erect a fence or anything that’s gonna keep them out, they’re smart,” said Cpt. Greg Salo with the DNR. ...

“It’s posing a huge problem for all the metro suburbs,” Salo said. “Even Minneapolis and St. Paul are having problems with coyotes.”

According to the DNR, healthy wild coyotes avoid people, and no attacks have ever occurred in Minnesota. However, attacks by urban coyotes have been reported in other states.

The DNR also says coyotes are very opportunistic, and residents should not leave pets unattended outside or feed the coyotes. Residents should also secure all garbage containers, wildlife feeders and other food sources, and vaccinate pets for rabies, distemper, parvo and other diseases. 

The DNR also said hazing or screaming at coyotes that don't run when people are present will likely scare them off. However, that does not mean they are permanently gone from the area, according to the CBS Minnesota report.

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Mike B. August 05, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Coyotes are a welcome site in the area, and are part of the natural environment. They keep other animal populations in check, such as rodents and deer. As the article correctly states, humans are not at risk. And the only pets at risk are those yappy "toy" dogs with ribbons in their coats, which really aren't real dogs anyway. I wouldn't mind seeing the coyotes finish those off!


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