Coyote to be captured, killed in Wauwatosa after deadly attack on dog

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A “pesky coyote” in Wauwatosa is caught and killed by a local trapper after the coyote attacked and killed a dog in December.

City officials follow with theirs “Coyote Harassment Management and Response Plan Policy,” which states that “if there is a verified pet attack, the city will hire a contracted professional to attempt to locate and remove the pesky coyotes.”

This policy came out in 2016 after Coyotes killed two dogs in the city last year.

In December, a coyote killed a 15-year-old Yorkie named Brady in the Fisher Woods neighborhood of Wauwatosa.

Brady, a 15-year-old Yorkie, was killed by a coyote in Wauwatosa on Saturday, December 11, 2021.

The coyote grabbed the dog by the neck, shook it, carried it to another yard, and then dropped it, according to dog owners Adrienne and Drew Burgoyne.

After the attack, which took place near North 123rd and West Vliet streets, the Burgoynes urged the city to continue with its policy.

In January, the city did just that, contacting Wisconsin residents recon trapping to set traps and kill the coyote.

According to a city press release, Recon Trapping set up these traps near the attack area on Jan. 10.

The traps are not deadly, but the trapper has permission to fatally shoot the coyote after it is caught. The traps are foot traps, meaning the animal is caught directly above the foot until the trapper returns to check the trap.

Recon Trapping is one of seven licensed trappers listed on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website.

The company responded to a request for an interview with a press release on Friday.

“The public can be confident that this will be done with the utmost professionalism, care and discretion,” the press release said. “Although I declined an interview, I did offer to speak to neighborhood residents to address their questions or concerns.”

Neighbors in the Fisher Woods neighborhood said they’ve seen several coyotes in the area in recent months. Many of them share sightings on a neighborhood Facebook group.

A December Facebook post from the Wauwatosa Police Department also indicated that there had been an “increase in coyote sightings and coyote activity in Wauwatosa” earlier in the month.

Hiring a trapper will be a rare decision, City says

In the past six years, 166 observations of coyote activity have been reported at Wauwatosa. according to the Milwaukee County Coyote Watch website.

However, it doesn’t look like this action will be commonplace in the city.

“The City of Wauwatosa also recognizes the environmental benefits of preserving and promoting natural wildlife populations and will make every effort to conserve natural ecosystems. Therefore, it is not the intention of the city, nor is it a goal of this policy, to establish a wholesale coyote culling program,” the policy reads.

Marty Johnson, a wildlife biologist with the DNR, said January is breeding season for coyotes.

“As the breeding season begins, coyotes become more active, patrolling and defending their territories,” Johnson said.

“They’re not eliminated for better or for worse,” he added. “If you remove a coyote or two, it’s only a matter of time before another animal fills that spot.”

The 2015 coyote attacks occurred in the Underwood Creek Parkway neighborhood.

What to do if you encounter a coyote

The Wisconsin DNR website provided several tips for residents who might encounter coyotes in the wild. They include:

  • Remove potential food sources such as open trash cans, birdhouses, and pet food bowls. Never intentionally feed coyotes.
  • Do not provide food and water to other wildlife. It can attract coyotes and their prey.
  • Clean up undergrowth and undergrowth in your garden.
  • Use scare tactics when you see a coyote. Yelling and making loud noises, shaking or throwing pop cans filled with coins, throwing a ball, shoe, stick or other object, or spraying the coyote with water. You can also buy pocket-sized ultrasonic dog repellents or compressed air horns.
  • Install a 6-7 foot high fence buried about 1 foot deep to keep coyotes out of an area.
  • Trapping and hunting coyotes on your property is legal year-round without a DNR license.

You can also add coyote sightings to the iNaturalist website at: inaturalist.org/projects/milwaukee-county-coyote-watch.

Evan Casey can be reached at 414-403-4391 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @ecaseymedia.

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