Edina Police Encourage Increased Coyote Hazing
December kicked off coyote mating and breeding season, which means the suburban dwellers are changing their behavior.
Coyotes are expected to show an increased presence in Edina in the coming months, with the Edina Police Department reporting mating season for the creatures brings about a change in their behavior.
Residents are encouraged to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of family pets, as Animal Control Officer Tim Hunter said even large dogs can be targeted by aggressive coyotes.
"The most important things residents can do to keep their pets safe it to supervise time spent outdoors," said Hunter. "And if residents ever happen to see a coyote, they should do whatever they can to scare them away."
Hazing involves moving the targeted animals out of an area or discouraging undesirable behavior. To successfully haze coyotes, residents are instructed to make as much noise as possible and throw small projectiles—sticks, cans, tennis balls or small rocks—at coyotes. It the animal doesn't immediately leave the area, residents are encouraged to chase it away.
Hunter said hazing has been successful in decreasing the coyote presence in other metropolitan areas and should help lower the number of coyote-related incidents in Edina.
The typical coyote mating season extends until March, through Hunter noted it's important for residents to always keep on eye on their pets outdoors the remainder of the year.
Residents are also encouraged to make sure their garbage cans are secured and closed, which has the added bonus of keeping raccoons at bay.
For more information, contact Hunter at 952-826-0494 or visit www.EdinaMN.gov/Police.