Coyote spotted in Chaska

While driving in Chaska, Minn. on Tuesday morning, Dean Helgeson apparently spotted a coyote sniffing around in the snow.

Helgeson told Fox 9 he spotted the animal driving on England Boulevard around 10:30 a.m. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said in Minnesota, coyotes weigh an average of 30 pounds and stand about 18 inches high at the shoulders. However, they may appear much larger due to their heavy fur coat, especially in winter. About 4,000 are shot or trapped in Minnesota each year.

Chaska police said they have not received report of a coyote roaming the area on Tuesday, or in recent days. The DNR says most coyotes ignore people and domestic animals.

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