Roseville police host Coyote Clinic in response to increased sightings

The Roseville Police Department is hosting a Feb. 19 "Coyote Clinic" amid increased reports of coyote sightings. The workshop is meant to teach people how to deal with the wild animals.

Lorne Rosand, spokesperson for the Roseville Police Department, told Fox 9, "Over the past few years we've been getting more and more calls specific to coyote sightings."

"When our residents are calling, the expectation is police will show up and take care of the problem by eradicating coyotes, but we're not here to do that," he continues. "We're not going to poison them or bring in sharpshooters, we need to educate people and we're hoping this clinic will do that."

DNR furbearer specialist Jason Abraham says that while coyote populations may be slightly up from historical norms, his department hasn't noticed any huge shift.

"Some of it is just the social media aspect of it... these days you can put a picture on Instagram or Facebook the very minute after you took it," Abraham says. "We kinda give the same advice to most of the suburbs around here -- there's not much we can do to get rid of them, so you have to learn to live with them. Keep your yard clean, don't give them a reason to come into your yard, don't let your dogs run throughout the neighborhood, keep them near the house."

"There are report of coyotes attacking small dogs and cat in the Twin Cities, so make sure you keep your dogs near the house and don't let your cats outside," Abraham continues.

Information on the DNR's website says, "Although coyotes can be found anywhere in Minnesota, distribution and population size is variable. Currently, populations are establishing and increasing in the Twin Cities metro area."

Here's more from the DNR:

Most coyotes avoid people and domestic animals, but occasionally they will kill sheep, turkeys, and calves. They may also raid garbage cans, and kill domestic cats and small dogs. Healthy wild coyotes avoid people, and no attacks have ever occurred in Minnesota. However, attacks by urban coyotes have been reported in other states. Experts believe these attacks occur after a coyote has become accustomed to humans, or after being fed by humans.

Roseville isn't the first suburb to face coyote issues. Numerous sightings have been reported in Woodbury and Eagan in recent years as well.

The Roseville clinic will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at City Hall, with video of the event to be subsequently posted on the Roseville PD's website.

Image credit -- Yathin S Krishnappa

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