WHITEFISH BAY — The Village of Whitefish Bay is warning residents to be aware of coyotes in the area after reports of several sightings.
Coyotes are drawn to the area of Whitefish Bay due to Estabrook Park, the Milwaukee River, and Lake Michigan. They're known to be in the area but have adapted to urban living, the Village of Whitefish Bay said in a press release Tuesday.
While most coyotes prey on small mammals like rabbits and mice, coyotes in urban environments may also prey on geese, squirrels, eggs, fawns, and garbage. To stay safe, Whitefish Bay is following DNR recommendations on handling coytoes.
The village is urging residents to practice hazing techniques if they see a coyote. These techniques including yelling and waving your arms in the direction of the coyote. You can also use whistles and other noise makers to get the coyotes to keep moving.
For the most part, coyotes are not aggressive. However, you still should not gather around the coyote but keep your distance. Also make sure you don't let small animals roam about your yard alone during the day or at night.
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