Coyote Hazing Presentations

The Edina Police Department is encouraging residents to attend one of 12 community training presentations the Police Department is holding to education the public on the proper ways to haze coyotes. All presentations will begin at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Edina City Hall, 4801 W. 50th St. The presentations are free, but to better accommodate the audience, we recommend you register by filling in this form:

Coyotes
With large open areas like Braemar and other city parks, coyotes and foxes and other wild animals can find inviting places in Edina to live and forage for food. We don’t always see them but that doesn’t mean they’re not here; occasionally an alert citizen will spot one of them and call Animal Control with questions.
Typically, coyotes are opportunistic hunters and will take advantage of the easiest and most available food sources. This includes many different types of food ranging from garbage to small mammals and birds. Unfortunately, they may infrequently also prey on domestic cats or small dogs so it’s always a good idea to monitor your pet while he’s outside, even if you aren’t aware of anything in your area.

Although coyotes can be a threat to domestic pets, they are not a threat to humans. Statistics from around the country show people are far more likely to be bitten by a domestic dog than to be bitten by a coyote. The Minnesota DNR has more information about coyotes on it’s website: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/mammals/coyote.html

Take these precautions to ensure the safety of your pet:
Do not leave pet food or garbage outside. Do not intentionally feed coyotes. Do not leave dogs or cats outside unattended for long periods of time. Pets should be leashed and attended when walking in any recreational area. If confronted by a coyote, persons should shout or make some other loud noise to frighten the animal away.
According to City ordinance, no citizen can discharge a firearm or trap these animals.

Coyote Hazing
The Edina Police Department held coyote hazing presentations in 2012 to teach Edina residents the proper ways to haze coyotes. Hazing is a training method used to move an animal out of an area or discourage an undesirable behavior or activity. It has been proven successful in lowering coyote presence in other metropolitan areas and he hopes by educating residents here, Edina can succeed as well. The presentations also taught preventative measures to keep coyotes away and explained typical coyote behavior, including seasonal changes and what residents should expect from a coyote following the hazing. The city also includes coyote control as an option within its wildlife management program.
Residents should call 9-1-1 to report any aggressive coyote behavior and be aware of the potential harm coyotes could inflict on pets and take the above precautions. Edina Animal Control is addressing nuisance coyote activity by providing awareness and public education.

If you have further questions, please call Edina Animal Control Officer Tim Hunter at 952-826-0494.

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