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More Coyote Attacks Reported in St. Louis Park

Two dogs recently encountered coyotes, with one dog getting killed.

Two dogs have recently been attacked by coyotes in St. Louis Park, with one dog getting killed in the Bronx Park Neighborhood, according to the city's Facebook page.

The other dog was attacked near Jersey Avenue South, the city reported Wednesday.

Last year, another dog was near Cedar Lake Road. The attacks highlight what the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources calls an “increasing” coyote population in the Twin Cities. While the state hasn't documented a human attack, a number of coyote attacks on pets—like those in St. Louis Park—have been reported in the past few years.

That’s why the DNR, along with local entities such as the city of St. Louis Park, are trying to raise awareness about coyotes.

“We’re trying to educate people,” said Jim Vaughan, St. Louis Park’s environmental coordinator, in an interview last year.

The city currently has a web page dedicated to dealing with coyotes, with information coming from the DNR. Recommendations include securing garbage containers, supervising pets when they’re outside and harassing coyotes when they're around.

Preventing coyotes from becoming comfortable in a residential setting is key, said Dan Stark, a wolf specialist with the DNR.

“They’re fairly adaptable,” he said. “They become more accustomed to humans over time.”

But even if people make an effort to scare coyotes off, there is no guarantee they’ll leave the Twin Cities. As development pushes outward, Stark said, more natural coyote habitat gets swallowed up. Also, an urban area has a number of readily available food sources for coyotes, ranging from small animals to garbage—a recipe for coyotes staying put.

Vaughan said he's received plenty of coyote calls.

“They’re literally all over town,” he said.

Sharon May 11, 2012 at 08:26 AM
I live at 26th &Alabama & the railroads woods are behind us the coyotes come on our patios, walk down our driveways & attacked one of our residents walking his 2 golden retrievers. They are certainly not afraid of humans & come out day or night. It is horrible to live in fear in our own homes. They have started killing Canadian geese to control them, why not the coyoties??? What will it take, a child or person getting injured before something is figured out??
Michael Rose (Editor) May 11, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I know last year the city was thinking about laying traps, but with these coyotes obviously very close to residential areas, you run the risk of a pet or child accidentally getting caught in one. At least that was the concern I heard. What do folks think—are traps worth it, or would you rather take your chances with the coyotes?
Lisa Balazs May 11, 2012 at 06:43 PM
If you kill the coyotes, the natural response of the remaining population is to actually increase the brood size. Methods used to deter them works much better for population control.
alison smith May 11, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Well let's do something then! As a small dog owner and animal lover i'm all for doing the best thing for our pets and the wildlife - but so far there seems to be an increasing number of attacks and no action. What are we going to DO?
Carol Appell May 23, 2012 at 06:55 AM
A coyote killed our 6 lb chihuahua, Chico, last night. He was only outside for a brief time but it happened quickly. Chico was bitten on both sides of his neck and bleed to death..We are heartbroken and want to warn others that you must stay with your small pet at all times to prevent this from happening. This happened at Decatur and 30th Street near the Minnehaha Creek,
Michael Rose (Editor) May 23, 2012 at 01:25 PM
So sorry to hear that, Carol

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