MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — We’re often reminded to keep an eye on our pets, but after two cats were killed by coyotes recently, Eagan residents are being told to keep their pets inside.

Not too long ago, an Eagan family found the partial remains of their cat behind their home, and another resident found the remains of an unidentified cat in her backyard.

The City of Eagan gets about 50 coyote reports annually, but most are just sightings.

Karen Grimm, an Eagan animal control officer, said that coyotes have been living in Eagan for a while and that they aren’t going anywhere soon.

“They are a fact of life,” she said. “So when we have sad occurrences like this, we like to use it as an opportunity to remind people that they need to be cautious with their pets.”

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Grimm said it’s no surprise that coyotes happen to like suburban areas.

“Eagan has a lot of wonderful green space; it’s got a great environment, it has everything coyotes need,” Grimm said. “We’ve got lots of rabbits and other wildlife and lots of space for them to live quite happily”.

Fortunately, there are things that can be done to deter wild animals from coming into a yard, such as: not leaving pet food out, removing animal remains, being careful with bird feeders, which can attract coyotes, and removing fallen fruits and vegetables.

“People need to understand that you need to keep your cats inside. In this day and age, it is simply not safe for cats to be going outside unattended,” Grimm said.

It’s also important for dogs, especially smaller breeds, to not be tied up unattended outside, Grimm said.

Comments (16)
  1. Diane says:

    I have one in our area that I really enjoy seeing. I wish I had at least one more, but I’ve only seen one. It helps keep the 50 or 60 geese that have been destroying our yard at bay. The geese don’t seem to have very many natural predators at this stage. (the young are almost the same size as the adults) and anything the coyotes can do to help with them is greatly appreciated.

    1. Evil buggers says:

      I have watched 2 run down a fawn and kill it in my front yard. I live near Minnehaha Creek and there are more coyotes than skeeters.
      Wipe the things out is my opinion – when they attach and kill a deer in a yard it’s tooooooo many toooooo close

  2. thin 'em out says:

    we been battling the damkit 4 legged killers in Minnetonka for several years now. My neighborhoos has lost 3 dogs, 6 cats known, all the red fox are MIA and the turkey population is waaaaay down.

    pretty well know that there are pops that occur in the day and in the night around here and they are not firecrackers. lol
    most folks say “yea” but we have our furry friend lovers who say losing a cat or dog is okay – it’s just nature taking care of business. Well – we do to …. kabooom

    1. gonzo says:

      There ya go, put that fear of man back into them. That’s why they’re a bigger issue in urban and suburban areas than out here in the sticks. Out here they are extremely wary because we shoot them on sight. There are still plenty of them around to do their thing, they just aren’t as likely to invade human habitat.

  3. JL says:

    Today I was driving in Eagan on Wescott near Lexington in Eagan and there one just ran across the road. If they are running around in the daytime it makes one wonder how many of them are there in the city. Scarry, right near an elementary school.

    1. vp says:

      My dog was killed by a coyote on the grounds of an elementary school in Maple Grove. Didn’t know we had coyotes until then.

  4. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

    They are up in Blaine, Shoreview, Moundsview and Arden Hills also.

  5. reader says:

    Saw them in West St Paul and Inver Grove Heights

  6. we says:

    Just get a flock of road runners and that should take care of the problem!!!!

  7. King says:

    The coyotes are doing with they should do , thin out the wild, if you leave your cat outside it should be coyote food too.

  8. tailgunner says:

    If I leave my wife outside will she be coyote food also?

  9. Tiffany says:

    We have a lot of them in Big Lake MN. They just run right through our neighborhood, and use the ATV trail behind our house to run along the busy street. It’s scary how close they are getting.

  10. Greg says:

    Saw one this morning in the back yard at Hwy 3 and Red Pine. We’re near Lebanon Hills so we hear them at night all the time. It’s wildlife. Just keep an eye on your pets and you’ll be fine.

  11. Angela says:

    I live across the street from Central Park in Eagan, I have been awoken from a dead sleep about 3x this summer from coyotes crying. The city should take more responsbility. I am an animal lover, but the presence of coyotes in our small, city parks and backyards poses a human health and safey risk.

  12. Sarah Johnson says:

    Scented dog decoys keep the coyotes away. They won’t come around with these out. Watch Dog Goose Patrol . Com They have a money back guarantee.

  13. Gail says:

    I walk daily through lebanon park in Eagan and it is like a dead zone. I have yet to see a squirrel, deer, turkey or any other fuzzy friend that i would typically see in the woods. What i do know is that it is full of coyotes. I just don’t understand how it is ok to be afraid to let your dog outside (in a fenced yard no less… yes they jump fences easily) and not ok to put up a bird feeder. The city of eagan states this is the sign of a healthy ecosystem… i strongly beg to differ. It is an ecosystem out of balance, heavily favored by predators.