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“Something needs to be done:” More than 100 pack gym in Wauwatosa to discuss recent coyote attacks

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WAUWATOSA -- At least four dogs have lost their lives after attacks by coyotes in the Wauwatosa area in recent weeks -- and on Tuesday evening, October 6th, a public meeting was held where residents could voice their concerns, and hear from a Wisconsin Department of Resources biologist.

The meeting was held at Underwood Elementary School -- and more than 100 people took part in it -- packing into the school's gymnasium.

Public meeting to discuss coyote attacks in Wauwatosa

Public meeting to discuss coyote attacks in Wauwatosa

"The incidents have changed the dynamic of this whole neighborhood," Sandra Hollander said.

Sandra Hollander

Sandra Hollander

Hollander says her dog was attacked.

"I wasn't in, not even a minute or two when I heard him first bark and then a little yelp," Hollander said.

Hollander says she let her dog outside, and he was on a leash. He was 6:00 a.m.

"I run to the window and I see the big coyote right on top of him," Hollander said.

Sparky died -- becoming one of at least four canine victims of coyote attacks.

Sparky

Sparky

"Something has to be done," Hollander said.

Wauwatosa police and DNR officials have gone door-to-door -- handing out flyers, and now, they've held a meeting to address concerns.

Coyote

Coyote

"We really wanted to get some information out there so we can prevent these things from occurring in the future," Wauwatosa Police Lt. Brian Zalewski said.

DNR officials made some suggestions:

  • Do not feed other wildlife
  • Remove any large landscaping from your yard
  • Keep your pets on a leash -- and near you

"Hopefully by educating the people and doing some things proactively, we can prevent these things from happening in the future," Lt. Zalewski said.

Coyote

Coyote

But some aren't sure the information is enough.

"We're learning and we are adjusting, but I don't know what else can be done that will be fair for everybody," Hollander said.

If you see a coyote, experts say you should try to scare it away -- and continue that effort until it leaves your property.

Coyote

Coyote

During the meeting Tuesday evening, there was talk about trapping the animals. DNR officials say it is perfectly acceptable for homeowners to set up traps -- but encouraged people to hire professionals to do it.

20 comments

    • Chris

      The ones you trap will be back. Coyotes will travel hundreds of miles to get back to their range. The one solution is eliminated them.

  • D.Andr

    I would love to trap these animals as I enjoy trapping very much! I wonder if trapping is allowed here if I could get a landowner’s permission. small fee big results! 414-517-1452

  • A yooper

    Sooner or later a child will get attacked if these things are this brave. So simple!! trap them kill them. don’t move them. They are nothing more than rats with longer legs and much more viscous. People……. really better do something before a child is involved. They do not know the difference.

  • Vlad the Impaler

    Coyotes are animals too, just like dogs, just like us. It seems inappropriate for us to try to say that some of God’s creatures are more important than others. How about this — if you love your dog, don’t leave him/her unattended outside and thus unguarded. Protect your loved ones, just like they would protect you.

  • go coyotes

    Of course wildlife start living in their environment and its against the law. They were here first not us. Once you kill off a predator in the area, its food source overpopulates because they aren’t being hunted.
    I can see it now community now complaining the rabbit population is out of control and eating their gardens or the squirrel population is out of control they are now getting our houses. What will you do about this DNR?
    Why does it take 4 dogs to die for people to understand to watch your dogs? chaining your dog outside is asking for a predator to come and take it. Sounds like the Jurassic Park scene with the goat baiting the t-rex.
    and the excuse of “what happens if they attack your kids”. They are afraid of people. When was the last time you heard of a child being attacked by a coyote in this state or any other state?
    rant over.

  • Rural WI

    The problem is the wolves. They’ve pushed the coyotes further south into more populated areas. Certain animals were eradicated for a reason- they’re a danger to people, pets and livestock. This problem will keep happening unless we get the useless DNR and Feds to put the interests and safety of citizens first.

  • John

    Not a surprise on DNR’s stance and response. Do they really think people are so stupid to believe the problem is we are feeding these animals. Coyotes have been seen in Tosa dump for decades and never had the problem there is today. The one lady’s comment is very true that authorities won’t do anything until it is a child that gets attacked and that is just a matter of time if something isn’t done now. Educating on how to avoid them? Come on they are coming right into our yards!! These animals need to be trapped and killed to get population under control. They need to be afraid of us and not the other way around.

  • Chris

    Better get use to them. You trap and kill the ones there right now others will just move in to take the openings left by the removed ones. It is a circle you can not stop. Even if they get a kid and you remove them. More will be back.

  • Monique

    Coyotes do not attack people, and in fact are afraid of people. When has anyone heard of a coyote attacking a person? The DNR needs to find out the reason why all of a sudden this is happening. Wildlife have a food chain, and something is disrupting that which is why coyotes are going to dogs. As far as dog owners are concerned, do not leave your dogs outside unattended anyways. Stay out there with them, then bring them back inside. Not too difficult to do. I’d be more afraid of someone stealing my dog anyways.

  • J

    The building of hotels and knocking down there habitats all over our state to build strip malls and other businesses is why they are migrating into the cities to hunt. We are destroying every inch of land and soon will have nothing but buildings. Think about it. More and more condos and walmarts and big chain stores are buying up land and they have no place to go. Next the bears will be migrating it common nature.

  • Jeff Godin

    In response to increased coyote attacks on family pets, Safe Pet Alert has developed a mobile app featuring an early warning system providing pet owners an early warning system alerting them about wild predators in their general vicinity.

    Safe Pet Alert enables users to report local sightings and attacks of wild animals such as coyotes, bears, bobcats, cougars, alligators, or any other predator that could potentially be a threat to humans or their pets. Using location-based technology, Safe Pet Alert then sends push notifications through their app to all users in the area notifying them of the incident and to be aware of their surroundings.

    “The concept behind Safe Pet Alert came to me after countless incidents of coyotes attacking family pets in the Orange County, CA area. There have even been incidents of small children being attacked!” said Marc Lopez, the founder of Safe Pet Alert. “We have a serious problem and it isn’t just in California. Every other state has had similar incidents with coyotes and other predators.”

    In addition to notifying users dangerous predators, Safe Pet Alert has also integrated a Lost and Found feature which functions the same way. App users have the ability to submit information about their lost pet including detailed descriptions and even a photo. Within minutes, other app users in the area are alerted of the missing pet.

    “The value in this app is the ability to instantly alert people about incidents as they are happening” said Jeff Godin, former 911 Dispatcher and App Developer. “911 calls dealing with wild animal sightings or lost and found pets are the lowest priority type of incident. It can take hours before anyone is able to respond to these types of calls and any wild animal will be long gone by that time.”

    The Safe Pet Alert mobile app is available for free download in Apple iTunes and Google Play stores.

    Please visit http://www.safepetalert.com for more info

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