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WAUWATOSA -- Wauwatosa police and the Department of Natural Resources are working together to try to get rid of some pretty aggressive coyotes. In the past week alone, three dogs were attacked. The most recent was killed just this past Saturday.

Authorities say coyotes have always been in the area -- but that's not the problem. The issue is now they are growing increasingly aggressive.

"The DNR has mentioned the option of trapping these animals and they are doing some extra work as far as trying to locate areas where these animals frequent where trapping might be successful in that regard," said Lt. Brian Zalewski of the Wauwatosa Police Department.

As they roam neighborhoods, the worry is the coyotes' new-found boldness.

"With the repeated attack of the animals in the same area there is some concern by the DNR that these animals are too comfortable around humans the interactions that they have are not consistent with what normal wildlife would do with humans and being scared away," said Zalewski.

Lt. Brian Zalewski of the Wauwatosa Police Department

Lt. Brian Zalewski of the Wauwatosa Police Department

Meanwhile, police will have extra patrols and urge the public to stay aware and refrain from leaving pets unattended. But if you do come across a coyote...

"Try to scare the animals away. They suggest using tin cans with coins or rocks and making loud noises. Making loud noises in other ways with whistles, motions, waving your arms, so coyotes area not as comfortable with interaction and feel some sort of threat," said Zalewski.

5 comments

    • Anne

      Any other animals you want to get rid? There are so many other factors involved too! Human population growth-sorry I forgot we were here first! Loss of habitat! There are ways of dealing with this

      • CYNIC

        How long before one of the coyotes decides some two year old kid looks tastier than a poodle? Guess that helps solve your human population growth issues, huh? Nature is structured in a way so that when a dominant species enters an area it’s first concern is to protect itself from the weaker creatures it just displaced. So when we human animals build our civilization, one of our concerns is to protect our species from those we displaced. So now, when the wolves are pushing out the coyotes, and the coyotes are looking for a place to stay, if we dominant humans don’t do something about it, it will become a problem. Or we can all just hug a tree and hope all bad things go away. Maybe we can put up signs that say “Coyote-Free Zone.”

  • Ash09

    Would shooting them with airsoft or paintball guns work? It wouldn’t kill them, and should definitely make them think twice about wandering too close to people’s houses.

  • 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.

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