Watch the February 23rd Community Seminar: Living Safely with Coyotes here.
Since the early 2000s, Eagan Animal Control has been receiving reports of coyote sightings from residents. In recent years, the number of calls has stayed about the same. The frequency of sightings increases annually around November as the foliage drops and the animals are more visible. Another bump is seen in February during mating season. Several attacks on unleashed pets have been investigated.
Coyotes have adapted to the suburban lifestyle because city environments support them. Coyotes have adequate food supplies and are capable of surviving in Eagan without our help. A coyote that becomes dependent on humans for food may become too bold and acclimated to humans. Minnesota coyotes are opportunistic and generally take prey that is easiest to secure. Their primary foods are rabbits, mice, other small mammals, birds and fruit sources. The presence of coyotes in Eagan is an indication of a healthy ecosystem that is capable of supporting all types of wildlife.
It is not normal for coyotes to attack or pursue humans. Rare attacks on humans have been documented in other parts of the United States. The one common factor in almost all wild animal bites is that people were attempting to feed or lure the animal with food.
City of Eagan ordinance prohibits the trapping or shooting of wildlife in most circumstances. State law prohibits poisoning of all animals.
If you feel a coyote or other wild animal is posing an immediate threat, please call 911.
As coyotes have become a part of everyday life in Eagan, the Police Department is no longer tracking routine sightings. Te report a situation where a coyote is directly threatening the safety of pets or people, please call 911. Click here for a map of recent coyote sightings in Eagan.
The only way to guarantee your cat's safety is to keep it indoors. City ordinance prohibits cats from roaming at large. Roaming house cats could attract coyotes into your yard.
If you are aware of coyotes in your neighborhood, you can reduce the risk of conflict if you:
Tips for Keeping Coyotes from Hanging Around Residential Areas
Other Coyote Facts
Many of the coyote pictures on this page were contributed by Eagan resident Deb Aune