Friday, March 8, 2013
An expert in urban wildlife explains why residents are seeing so many coyotes and shares tips on how to keep them from becoming a nuisance.
Coyotes have been spotted all across the west metro—and have even reportedly killed a handful of dogs. With so much concern about coyotes, St. Louis Park hosted a talk Thursday by Lynsey White Dasher—a Washington, DC-based urban wildlife specialist with The Humane Society of the United States. Dasher explained why coyotes are so visible in the metro and what residents can do to ensure they are good neighbors. See the PDFs to the right for a more-detailed look at how to deal with coyotes. Watch the video for an example of how to haze a coyote. Coyotes have always been among us. Coyotes aren’t that big. Coyotes aren’t out to eat your pets or your children. But coyotes can still prey on pets. Coyote bites are rare. Coyotes can still cause …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Let your neighbors see which furry and feathered friends you’ve seen.
Minnesotans don’t have to venture into the great outdoors to get a glimpse of wildlife. Turkeys, deer and even coyotes roam the same area that residents call home. Have you seen any four-legged or winged creatures in your community? Patch invites you to share your best photos of Minnesota’s wildlife. To post your photos, just click on “Upload Photos and Videos” above. Of course, visits from our wild friends aren’t always fun. Be sure to check out the Department of Natural Resource’s “Living With Wildlife” page for tips on how to be good neighbors.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Residents across the Twin Cities continue to see coyotes.
In the spring, Hopkins residents reported seeing coyotes in the community, and residents could see even more in the fall because of coyote behavior patterns and the changing seasons. Siah St. Clair, director of Fridley's Springbrook Nature Center, e-mailed several reasons people might be seeing coyotes more this time of year: Coyotes are endemic to suburban and even urban areas of the Twin Cities. The number of sightings have increased in recent years, which may or may not suggest an increase in population size. While still very wary and elusive, they can be bold and approach someone walking a small dog. When coyotes are present, small dogs should not be left unattended. In the fall young coyotes are starting to disperse to new areas, …
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Also in this week's update: A couple cancer clowns; Cheerios gone up in flames and a Hammerin' Sen. Franken.
Editor’s Note: Every week we bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Shakopee, St. Louis Park and St. Michael Minnetonka Schools Top on State Tests Minnetonka students continue to excel academically by scoring among the top districts in the state on the MCA-II (Minnesota Comprehension Assessment) reading test and the MCA-III math test. Overall, 92 percent of Minnetonka students are proficient in reading and 85 percent are proficient in math. In Metro area rankings, Minnetonka students are #1 in math and a close second to Edina in reading. Scores exceeded the state totals of 76 percent proficiency in reading and 62 percent …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Did you catch all these stories?
Here’s a recap of the posts that generated the most interest on Hopkins Patch in May. Did you catch all of them? *** Undercover Sting Targets Two Hopkins Massage Parlors Police arrested masseuses at two different massage parlors after receiving an anonymous letter accusing the establishments of allowing prostitution on the premises. The establishments are set to go before the City Council for a hearing June 5. Police: Hopkins Woman Left Kids Home Alone, Drove Drunk to Taco Bell A Hopkins woman was charged with child neglect after police said she left her two children, ages 18 months and 2 years, home alone while she drove drunk to a fast-food restaurant. After the woman's arrest, officers found the children at the Oak Park Lane home in …
Monday, May 21, 2012
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, …