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(INTERACTIVE MAP) Coyote Spotted in Hopkins, Share Your Own Sightings

After sightings and attacks on pets in neighboring communities, officials now report that a coyote has been seen in the southern part of Hopkins.

A coyote has been seen in the southern part of Hopkins, the city reported last week.

The coyote’s location was not immediately available, but Police Sgt. Michael Glassberg said has not had any reports of coyote attacks.

Healthy wild coyotes avoid people, but populations have been increasing in the Twin Cities.

No coyote attacks on people have occurred in Minnesota, but they can raid garbage cans and kill small dogs and cats. At least two dogs were .

Attacks by urban coyotes have occurred in other states, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Experts think those attacks took place after the coyote became accustomed to humans.

To help us identify where the coyotes are, please add a marker to the map above. Simply click the "Add" button, supply your name and additional information (was a pet with you? How many did you see? Did they approach or run away? Etc.), and enter an address. If you don't have an exact address, an intersection will do. Also, please enter the date you saw the coyote(s), as best as you can remember.

The DNR does not trap, shoot or relocate coyotes. Removal of coyote, when necessary, is the responsibility of the landowner.

See below for more DNR tips on living with coyotes.

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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:

  • Feed coyotes.
  • Leave pet food outside.
  • Allow cats and small dogs outside, unattended.

SOURCE: “Urban Coyotes” page on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.

 

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Brad Koehn May 21, 2012 at 08:50 PM
There's been a family living along Minnehaha creek in Bell Grove for some time. Good luck building a coyote-proof fence, by the way. Just keep the little dogs inside and let the coyotes be.
James Warden May 21, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Good advice, Brad. This definitely reinforces the need for leashes.
Patricia Keiper July 16, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Saw one Sunday night,7-15-12 around 11:30 pm running west to east along 7th St. and 11th Ave. S. at the stoplight. I was on the way to view some northern lights out west. It ran in front of my car and disappeared into the Nile Mile Creek bottoms behind the Cloud Nine dog training school. Seemed very bold and not at all intimated by the car or its headlights.
Erik August 06, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I've personally seen one (have video), crossing a field near apartments on Feltl Ct. in Hopkins. When out on the balcony at night you can hear a group baying and howling quite a bit. In the last month I've heard at least twice what sounds like the killing of a dog. I was going to go out and help whatever was attacked, but by the time I got my shoes on and out, it had stopped. Keep your dogs with you all the time if you live near, and probably not a great idea to walk them after dark.
Lindsay August 26, 2012 at 06:19 AM
Our dog started barking a few minutes ago. we were letting him out one last time before bed. Our dog is not a big barker but we looked in the front yard and there was one Coyote eating an unlucky rabbit in our front yard. He just stared at us and kept at his business. A few minutes later he wandered off. we are right off Blake and Oxford. Not too far from the creek.

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