(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 the department 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 killed in St. Louis Park last year.
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.
- 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.
- 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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