Coyote sightings common in urban areas

Depending on when you head outside, do not be shocked if you spot a coyote within city limits. Even outside February and March when they are busy making dens and breeding, coyotes in urban areas like Sturgeon Bay are more common than people think. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden Chris Kratcha says that is because there are plenty of rabbits, mice, and other small mammals available to eat. Coyotes tend to do their feeding in the late evening to early morning hours, though that does not mean you will not see one during the daytime. He added that if having coyotes around your home concerns you, there are some ways you can mitigate a chance meeting.

Kratcha says coyotes usually do not want to be by humans, so it is not necessary to call the police or DNR about a sighting. You should call, however, if you notice it is sick or injured.

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