Over the past few years, several coyote sightings have been reported in Roseville.
Coyotes are wild animals and should be treated as such. They are scavengers and opportunistic hunters that hunt rabbits, rodents, birds, frogs, snakes and squirrels. If food is difficult to find, they feed on berries, fruit, grass and dead animals. As they move into populated areas, they may adapt to preying on livestock or small dogs and cats when natural food supplies are scarce. They also scavenge garbage.
The coyote resembles a small, lean German Shepherd Dog. They weigh between 25-35 pounds. Coyotes are generally wary of people. However, in urban and suburban areas, they associate people with an easy and dependable source of food.
Coyotes are not a threat to humans. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), there has never been a documented case of a human attacked by a coyote in Minnesota.
Roseville Police encourage residents to take precautions if they are concerned about pet safety.
• Do not intentionally feed coyotes.
• Do not leave pet food or garbage outside.
• Do not leave dogs or cats outside unattended for long periods of time.
• Make sure your pet is leashed when walking in recreational areas.
• Position bird feeders so coyotes can’t feed on them. They are attracted to the seed and the birds feeding there.
• Trim and clean shrubbery to reduce cover or hiding places for coyotes.
• If you see coyotes near your property, discourage them by shouting, making loud noises or chasing them away.
It is illegal to fire a gun or bow in Roseville, but, if you feel you are in danger of being harmed by the animal, you may defend yourself. You must contact the DNR within 24 hours if you do so. Roseville Police do not enforce game laws, so seek advice from the DNR before taking action to include trapping the animal.
If a coyote aggressively approaches you or your pet or appears to be diseased, call 9-1-1.
Log on to www.dnr.state.mn.us/snapshots/mammals/coyote.html or call 651-296-6157 for more information.