Coyote Sightings and Alerts
There have been coyote sightings throughout Ramsey County, with increased reports during the January and February mating season. While typically harmless to humans, coyotes are wild animals – employ caution in the case of a possible encounter. During this time, coyotes are more protective of the denning areas and more active in hunting food. Coyotes may display more territorial behaviors and may stand its ground to protect its den and pups.
Children of all ages should be taught to stay away from any wild animal. In a coyote habitat, small children should be kept under constant supervision. Cats should be kept indoors, and small dogs should be on a short leash when outside. When walking your dog keep it leashed and in sight.
Things to remember:
• Never feed a coyote
• Never run from a coyote
• Never leave small children or pets alone in a coyote habitat
• Keep your yard free of fallen fruit, vegetables and pet food
• Clean up brush piles before rodents move in
• Vaccinate all pets for rabies, distemper, parvo, and other diseases, as recommended by a veterinarian
• If you encounter a coyote that does not immediately run from people,
harass it by:
• Shaking a noise maker, such as a soda can with pennies
• Make yourself larger by standing and waving your arms
• Shout in a deep aggressive voice
• Throw rocks or sticks at the coyote
• If you see a coyote behaving in an abnormal manner call 9-1-1
These simple suggestions should prevent most coyote problems. However, if depredation occurs or aggressive coyote behavior is observed, removal of the problem coyote may be necessary.