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Coyote Spotted at Minneapolis Block Party—Where Have You Seen Them in SLP?

At least three dogs have been killed in St. Louis Park over the past 16 months due to coyote attacks.

According to Southwest Minneapolis Patch, a coyote was an .

Of course, St. Louis Park has been dealing with coyote issues as well. Three dogs have reportedly been killed by coyotes since March of last year.

To date, the city has decided against trying to shoot the coyotes, or laying traps, because both present safety risks to residents and pets in an urban area. Instead, residents are encouraged to follow a list of "Dos and don'ts" laid out by the DNR:

DO:

  • secure all garbage containers, wildlife feeders, and other food sources to prevent coyote access
  • confine small dogs and cats in kennels, or supervise them when outside
  • vaccinate all pets for rabies, distemper, parvo, and other diseases, as recommended by a veterinarian
  • consider installing coyote-proof fencing
  • harass (by chasing, shouting, etc.) any coyotes that do not immediately run from people

DON'T:

  • do not feed coyotes
  • do not leave pet food outside
  • do not allow cats and small dogs outside, unattended

Also, you can help track coyotes in the Park by plotting a point on the interactive map above.

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