Trapper kills five coyotes in Wauwatosa after a dog attack


A Wisconsin trapper caught and killed five coyotes in three weeks A coyote attacked and killed a dog in the Wauwatosa neighborhood of Fisher Woods in December.

However, it’s not yet clear if any of the captured coyotes are the ones that killed the 15-year-old Yorkie, according to a city spokesman.

The city hired Recon Trapping to set traps and kill the coyote as part of it 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.”

“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 plan also states.

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

Abby Pavlik, spokeswoman for the Wauwatosa Police Department, said that on January 26, a resident reported that her golden retriever “was cut in the ear and stitched in the face” while in the backyard of her home in the Fisher Woods neighborhood .

“The resident believes the injuries were caused by a coyote but it was not observed, but other residents have recently observed coyotes in the area,” Pavlik said in an email.

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

The traps were set on January 10 near the area of ​​the fatal attack on the Yorkie. which took place near North 123rd and West Vliet streets.

The company said the traps will remain in the Fisher Woods neighborhood until the contract expires on February 10. Recon Trapping expects to capture one to two more coyotes during this period.

The traps are not deadly; However, the trapper has permission to fatally shoot the coyote after catching it, per the city’s plan.

Eva Ennamorato, the city’s communications manager, said she doesn’t think the trapper could say “with 100 percent certainty” if the “pesky coyote” was caught.

“But I do know that he sets the traps based on coyote behavior, locations, and patterns,” Ennamorato said.

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.

In the past six years, 259 sightings of coyote activity have been reported in Milwaukee County. according to the Milwaukee County Coyote Watch website.

The city’s current coyote policy came out in 2016 after coyotes killed two dogs in the city last year.

Marty Johnson, a wildlife biologist with the DNR, said January is breeding season for coyotes. He said the coyotes become more active as the breeding season progresses.

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

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

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