Coyotes Creating a Stir

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Most people move to Bayside to experience a peaceful, natural environment while still being close to all of the activities a city like Milwaukee can offer.  We are not the only ones that enjoy this environment.  Predatory animals are not an uncommon sight.  Wisconsin is home to wolves, coyotes and several species of fox.  Southeastern Wisconsin, including Bayside, makes an ideal home for both the fox and coyote.

Recent headlines drew attention to the importance of recognizing the impact these animals may have on our lives.  Coyotes and fox are omnivorous and highly opportunistic.  They will eat dead animals (which helps prevent the spread of disease), birds, rabbits and mice, as well as berries and seeds.  Although it is uncommon, both the fox and coyote may prey on a domesticated cat or dog if it is presented the chance.

The coyote and fox prefer to hunt at night beginning at dusk and usually going back into hiding after sunrise.  With this in mind, if you are the owner of a small pet, it is advised that you follow common sense tips:

1.  Do not leave garbage and compost (including meat scraps) uncovered and accessible.

2.  Remove any pet food dishes from outdoors.

3.  Bird feeders attract small animals which in turn attract coyotes and fox.

4.  Don't leave pets unattended outdoors.  Walk your dog on a leash, especially at night.

5.  Reinforce their fear of humans.  Create loud noises or spray them with water to scare them away.

The Police will NOT kill any wildlife unless that animal is exhibiting signs of injury or disease or is creating an immediate danger to humans.  We remind citizens that it is illegal to discharge any firearms within Village limits as well.  If you see a coyote or fox and feel it is posing an immediate danger, it may only take a little noise or commotion on your part, to scare it off.  If you have a particular concern you would like to discuss with the police regarding coyotes or fox, please contact Captain Scott McConnell at 351-8800.  You may also contact the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at 1-888-936-7463.

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