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