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.
Typically, coyotes are opportunistic hunters and will take advantage of the easiest and most available food sources. 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.
Take these precautions to ensure the safety of your pet:
- Do not leave pet food or garbage outside.
- 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.
Hazing (PDF) is a training method used to move an animal out of an area or discourage an undesirable behavior or activity. It's the best preventative measures to keep coyotes away.
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.