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

Recent attacks have been reported in neighboring Edina, as well as Eagan.

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

While Minneapolis hasn't reported any attacks recently, Edina resident Natalie Ann recently told Patch readers to be aware of "fence-jumping" coyotes after her cat was killed by one last week. In addition, Eagan resident Kris Muyskens spoke with CBS Minnesota last week about her dog's brush with a coyote, and her neighbor's dog falling victim to one. Last year, Linden Hills residents reported a coyote popping up at a National Night Out block party.

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.

Have you seen or heard a coyote in your Southwest Minneapolis neighborhood recently? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Brett W August 25, 2013 at 12:05 PM
What is your problem Jesse? You sound like a left wing idiot. Let's guess: You're a welfare collector, a lawyer or a politician. You can always tell those that defend liberalism because they are always some profession that does nothing to give back to society. You want to be a tough guy? Go get a job with the DNR and shoot some coyotes.
Jesse Lykken September 03, 2013 at 05:23 PM
@Brett W ... another example of a fine, patriotic American too afraid to use his full name, too afraid that the college educated -- the "smart people" -- will mock him for his opinions. Just because the liberals are intelligent doesn't mean that they are tolerant. Let's make this a forum where everybody, even the Brett W. s of the world can be unafraid enough to use their full names on their postings!
Jesse Lykken September 03, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Oh, Brett W. is mistaken on one thing. "Tough guys" do not shoot coyotes. Sniveling little cowards shoot coyotes. Tough guys (and girls) work with disabled children, fight fires, and protect the law-abiding from criminals.
yomammy September 04, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Wow Jesse you are sooooooo progressive. Maybe if you ever left the ultra-.gov protected/regulated/nanny city you would wake up to reality. Liberals are intelligent? That include Obama phone lady?
Jesse Lykken September 05, 2013 at 02:25 PM
@youmammy: Not sure I would call the war-mongering President Obama a liberal. Your last sentence remains somewhat confusing. Perhaps I didn't quite get your meaning. Have you a name? If so, we could actually discuss these issues as human being to human being.

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