Coyotes spotted in Brown Deer, police say

Police say keep an eye on pets

The Brown Deer Police Department says coyotes were spotted near 51st and Bradley Wednesday Afternoon.

Pet owners should be cautious when letting their pets outside, especially between dusk and dawn.

Brown Deer's Sgt. Kuehne reported the coyote sighting on Twitter early Thursday morning:

According to Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources, Coyotes live in every county in Wisconsin and the coyote population is increasing in the southern and western portions.  

Since coyotes are members of the dog family, they can easily be mistaken for German Shepherds. Their fur can range from dull yellow to gray with pointed ears and bushy tails. 

There have been cases of coyotes killing small breed dogs in Southeastern Wisconsin in the past.

The DNR says it is not uncommon to see coyotes during the day, and coyotes are typically afraid of people.

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