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Wildlife in Bloomington

Each year the Bloomington Police Department receives several hundred calls for assistance from residents who have problems with wild animals. Recently there has been misinformation posted to social media regarding the City’s management of wild animals, particularly coyotes, in Bloomington.

No coyotes were trapped or killed last year by the City of Bloomington nor are we actively pursuing this type of wildlife management. The City relies on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), US Fish and Wildlife Services, Three Rivers Park Service and Bloomington’s Animal Control Officer for wildlife management techniques, which include hazing and education.

The City Council will hold a special study meeting on Monday, May 20, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers to hear a presentation on coyote management from Bloomington’s Animal Control, the DNR and the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Residents are welcome to attend, but this is not a public hearing and it is not anticipated that the Council will accept testimony.

If you are concerned about the presence of coyotes where you live, consider the following MN DNR’s dos and don’ts:

DO 

  • Secure all garbage containers, wildlife feeders, and other food sources to prevent coyote access
  • Confine small dogs and cats in kennels, or supervise them when outside
  • Vaccinate all pets for rabies, distemper, parvo, and other diseases, as recommended by a veterinarian
  • Consider installing coyote-proof fencing
  • Harass (by chasing, shouting, etc.) any coyotes that do not immediately run from people (referred to as Hazing)

DO NOT

  • Feed coyotes
  • Leave pet food outside
  • Allow cats and small dogs outside unattended

Questions can be directed to Animal Control at 952-563-4942 or animal@bloomingtonmn.gov