Roseville Reminds Residents Spring Can Bring Coyotes

Roseville Reminds Residents Spring Can Bring Coyotes Photo: Wikimedia Commons

March 19, 2017 07:31 PM

Wildlife may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Roseville.

But even in the midst of an urban area, nature's creatures still roam.


Including coyotes, the animal to which Roseville Police Chief Rick Mathwig devoted a section in his "One Chief's Perspective" newsletter Friday.

"Most coyotes are born in April and May, and that is when the coyote parents are most protective of their dens containing the pups," Mathwig wrote in the section entitled 'Coyotes in Roseville.'

"It makes sense to revisit the topic of coyotes in March so readers can acclimate themselves in preparation for increased contacts."

Mathwig directed readers to a 2015 informational meeting the department held for residents, which is still available on the city's Web site.

"We we being inundated with phone calls from the public about coyotes," said Lt. Lorne Rosand, the department's public information officer.

"And while law enforcement will respond to calls about domestic animals like dogs and cats, wild animals are an area we don't deal with. It's just not an area we're trained for."

Rosand said officers would respond if a person was in danger. Otherwise, though, it is not considered a police matter.

Instead, at the 2015 meeting, experts went over tips residents can use to avoid attracting coyotes, or to drive them away if they appear.

One of the biggest things is not providing an outside source of food, Rosand said.

If a coyote does set up shop in a yard, residents are encouraged to try and find a way to scare or irritate it.

"If you do that enough, they won't come back," he said. "They're more scared of you than you are of them. If you find a way to haze them, they'll take off."

Since holding the meeting two years ago, Rosand said calls to the department regarding coyotes have fallen dramatically.

But the animals are still around.

"They're everywhere," Rosand said. "If they can find a food source, they'll be there. That's why we tried to be pro-active and provide residents with some education."


Frank Rajkowski

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