Coyote control: They're flocking to the suburbs

Moving in: Finding it to be a very safe place to live, coyotes are moving in to cities and suburbs where they can find plenty of food but no threats from guns or predators.
Moving in: Finding it to be a very safe place to live, coyotes are moving in to cities and suburbs where they can find plenty of food but no threats from guns or predators.
Where’s the Roadrunner when you really need him?

Coyote populations have exploded in suburban areas in recent years, including in the Twin Cities. Today’s Star Tribune carried a story on the topic noting that in Eagan, south of St. Paul, there have been around 90 coyote sightings this year.

In Red Wing, down the Mississippi River from the Twin Cities, citizens grew so annoyed by the night-time howling and general nuisance of the animals there that they asked the city council to do something about it. That action was drastic. The city trapped and killed the 10 to 20 coyotes that were in that city.

The city of Chicago, one of the few urban areas to have a study done on coyote populations, figures it has around 2,000 critters roaming around.

So why are cities so attractive to coyotes?

Experts figure there’s one big reason. Coyotes lay low out in the country because they can be hunted or shot at. They have a fear of human and human surroundings because they know it’s risky territory.

Cities, however, have become sort of a coyote preserve since hunting is not allowed in urban areas. They can find food easily in the trash cans in people’s alleys or among the other smaller creatures scurrying around.

So far, there have been no documented attacks of coyotes on people in city areas. But the experts point out that has coyotes become more comfortable in their urban settings, they’ll have less and less fear of humans. While coyotes are generally shy, nocturnal animals, like any wild animal they’ll get bolder and braver over time as they learn when and where they’re safe.

So what do you think should be done about the coyote situation? Is it a problem that needs some kind of fix? Are there things we can do to coyote-proof our suburbs? Share your ideas here.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Tim Marlett's picture
Tim Marlett says:

1. Pick up your garbage.

(it is that simple)

The coyote population's are such that because you trapped 20 coyotes tells me that there are 100 coyotes running around your city. DO YOU HONESTLY BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE THE PIED PIPER AND ELIMINATED EVERY ONE.

Let me give you an idea of what you are up against, At one year old a coyote is as smart as an 8 year old. Maybe we should be grateful that they only live about 6 years. Why is it that everything we dont understand around us, or dont agree with we have to kill?

AS far as hunting goes, WE big egoed humans believe that we control the populations of animals, we do not. Coyotes reproduce three fold when populations are stressed, DAAAA. Hunt some more that is an effective means of control.

Maybe if your city did thier homework, it would not be on the verge of a population explosion of coyotes. One really needs to be careful of the decisions they allow thier leaders to make. Good Luck
Tim Marlett

posted on Sat, 05/19/2007 - 6:10am
Patti's picture
Patti says:

A friend of mine in a Chicago suburb had a horrible encounter with coyote's in their nieghborhood. Last winter (2006), thier small dog was killed in broad daylight the winter as the dog's owners watched. My friend went outside and began to yell, which appeared to scare the coyote's as they were attacking their dog. My friends children began to yell out since it appeared to scare the coyote's as my friend was then brave enought to go and grab their small dog away. She was not hurt, however, their dog did not survive.
We are now having trouble in our neighborhood in Northern Anoka County, MN. You can hear the coyote's howling throughout our neighborhood at night. This is definitely a problem which should be taken care of before the coyote's decide to attack our small children!

posted on Wed, 09/26/2007 - 8:23am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

coyotes are very intelligent and they respect humans with guns, start shooting them and they won't be so bold. my dog was attacked sunday at the brickyards in st. paul and he wasn't afraid of either of us!

posted on Wed, 08/13/2008 - 8:10pm
Victor Mendoza's picture
Victor Mendoza says:

Coyote took my doxie right from in front of me within a six foot high privacy fence. I know coyotes do what coyotes do. So do venomous snakes, but we don't need or want them in our backyards. I'm retired and spent almost all of my time with this awesome pet with me.

Still grieving,


P.S. New sport, coyote hunting when their pups are born.
Yes, in the city with gun. Conceal carry - self defense.

posted on Fri, 11/06/2009 - 10:50pm

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