Story of the Year No. 4: Coyotes Wild

St. Louis Park Patch reviews the year that was by counting down the most talked about local stories of 2011.

Editor's Note: With 2011 winding down, we're using this last week of the year to look back at the five stories that shaped St. Louis Park over the past 12 months and had people talking. Today, we look at story No. 4—the city's coyote problem. Look for story No. 3 tomorrow.

When Jerry Stamm's 16-year-old Maltese, Cici, was outside his home in March, people started talking.

A number of St. Louis Park residents reported seeing coyotes around the city, falling in line with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' report of an “increasing” coyote population in the Twin Cities.

Jim Vaughan, St. Louis Park’s environmental coordinator, said setting traps is a possibility, but in reality, it's hard to find spots in town for bait that wouldn't also attract other small animals and pets.

That means that educating people about coyotes is key, Vaughan said, because they're likely here to stay.

Sharon A. Johnson December 27, 2011 at 01:52 PM
We had coyotes here frequently this summer -- Library Ln & 1st St. Two of them were hanging out in back of the Senior High School all of the time -- up until school started in Sept. I had one 20 ft. from my back door where it had my cat cornered. Two of them passed through our yard almost every evening. Haven't seen them now since school started. We've also had fox in our backyard, and a few turkeys. I guess they follow the railroad tracks as we see plenty of wildlife on our block.
Dean Ritzman December 27, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Hear the coyotes nearly every morning @ 4:00 a.m. in and around the Brookside and Creekside Neighborhoods, They hangout in the grassland of the railroad tracks, the Meadowbrook marsh land or even Meadowbrook Golf Course. Heard about 4 coyotes early yesterday morning. They had to be in some nearby neighbors yards.


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