Can cooperation among cities curb coyotes?

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 2, 2012 - 11:18 AM

Edina police chief suggests six west metro cities develop a unified approach.

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wmmlOct. 3, 12 9:29 AM

As a dog owner, it's my responsibility to not leave my dog unattended outside (I wouldn't leave a toddler unattended). As a cat owner, it's also my responsibility to keep my cat inside (she will live longer, won't spread disease, and won't have the opportunity to needlessly kill wildlife).

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oleyellowhaiOct. 3, 1212:30 PM

Here are my thoughts. Why don't we kill other animals that cause us grief? Simple right?! We have moved into their territories and we expect them to change the way they have done their "business" for years because it interferes with our "business". Really?

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MimiOct. 3, 12 1:38 PM

Big thanks to Edina - and hopefully all 6 cities - for the creative, compassionate, non-lethal problem solving suggestions and efforts. A willingness to cooperate for the good of all - including our wildlife - is hard to come by these days. Very impressive! I hope the DNR is paying attention - seems they've forgotten what true stewardship is really about. Best of luck to you all!

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FrankLOct. 4, 1211:36 AM

Just make it open season on them since our wonderful officials can't get off their rear ends and do something.

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LittleEvaOct. 5, 12 9:47 AM

Great idea to form a cooperative to educate people how to scare them off. Can we do the same for bears, deer and raccoons instead of killing them?

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wildfoxOct. 5, 12 7:42 PM

Relocate the Coyotes to the far north woods. They are every where .... I see them routinely.

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shuckOct. 18, 12 1:30 AM

I live in the sticks and thus expect to see coyotes regularly (and I do). They don't bother my family (including 2x 100Lb+ dogs), and I have no particular problem with that. They do pose most of the same potential risks as a dog left to roam the neighborhood uncontrolled, but their demeanor makes them less likely to approach humans so perhaps the incident rate may be much lower. I do wonder how it is that we went for decades with few coyotes in the burbs, but now are expected to believe that there's no way to control them? Habitat isn't the only answer, Minnetonka and Edina are not significantly more "parky" than they were in the 80...

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