Edina Offering ‘Hazing’ Classes To Ward Off Coyotes

EDINA (WCCO) — Coyote sightings, even encounters, are becoming a common problem in Edina. Now, the City is offering a coyote hazing class as a solution.

“What we found is hazing was the one effort that could be made that had long term, long lasting, effects with coyote behavior,” said Edina animal control officer Tim Hunter.

Hunter teaches residents how to change the animal’s behavior by instilling fear of humans. During the class, residents learn the key to making sure coyote hazing is effective, is variety. He encourages several methods of scaring the animals: Shouting and raising your arms to carrying noisemakers and throwing rocks or sticks.

“If it’s a variety of things, a variety of methods, a variety of people. They begin generalizing and realizing everyone is a threat and they should stay away from everyone,” said Hunter.

Even with a 6-foot fence, Bob Rudell refuses to leave his cocker spaniel, Hannah, alone outside his home. Rudell still won’t let Hannah out of his sight, but sees hazing as a step where coyotes and communities can co-exist.

“I think we have to learn how to get along with them and keep them away as best we can,” said Rudell.

Hunter said this method can be effective after only two encounters with humans. He also recommends making sure the animal isn’t hurt and has an escape route before you haze the animal. If the coyote feels like it doesn’t have an escape route, it may attack to defend itself.

To sign up for the class, click here.

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  • reality check

    Could this work in Norff MPLS? I think many people would like to throw sticks and stones and the hoodrats there.

    Honestly, why is this even news? The snobs of Edina or being infested creatures… oh lord lets do a news article on it.

  • get 'er done

    Good plan. There’s not much else you can legally do in the city. Down here in SW Minnesota their numbers are high but they are like ghosts. They know that being visible during daylight means being shot at.

  • Not here ;-)

    Been known to occur in parts of Minnetonka also …. they need to get the fact that daylight anywhere means death. Not saying I know anything firsthand of course
    Foxes-turkeys-pheasants-cats-dogs all been disappearing like crazy. If the damn cities don’t act, well …..
    Had 2 run down a fawn next door in a dang driveway last year…that’s that. It as easily could have been a 2 year old toddler

  • Beady

    We live in a rural area an hour south of the Twin Cities. Coyotes are becoming a real problem here with small livestock and pets becoming prey. I’m not aware if there is a season on coyotes, but since they rarely come out at in the daylight, it would be difficult to reduce their numbers by hunting.

    They breed profusely. We didn’t have coyotes in our area forty years ago. Why are they here in such numbers now?

    • get 'er done

      The guys that hunt them either use calls or flush them from cover like sloughs and wood lots. They guy that has permission to hunt them on our land got just over 100 last year. There’s more guys hunting them this year as the price of pelts is up. There is a season but I can’t remember its duration. The DNR website will have that info. They go after calves and sheep around here, as well as dogs and cats. There back on their home range because there’s plenty of food, dead or alive. They have their place out there and it’s good to have them around. You just can’t let them get out of control.

  • http://mangovanilla.wordpress.com mangovanilla

    Lots of yummy stray cats for coyotes to eat. At least that is good news for our friends the birds!

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