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Proctor hires wildlife tracker to help relocate coyotes

Updated: July 13, 2020 06:27 PM

The emails started coming in last week. And now, the city of Proctor has a plan to address people's concerns with coyotes.

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Mayor Chad Ward shared that they have hired a professional wildlife tracker, who will locate the dens and then relocate the animals. They've had discussions with the DNR and police, and this is the plan they are moving forward with.

"Of course it's a touchy situation. Some people want them gone. Others want them relocated. And some just want them left alone. I think the plan put in place is the best option to decrease the sightings of these animals," Ward said from outside of city hall. People have reported seeing them on both the east and west sides of town.

One dog has been attacked by a coyote, according to the mayor, but he hasn't heard an update about how the dog is doing.

WDIO met one dog owner who had heard about the attack. Sandra Benney was walking her friendly yellow lab named Charlie, and said she's only heard the animals, not seen them. "I'm not worried because Charlie is a big dog, and likely intimidating. But I do feel like if the coyotes are coming towards people, maybe they're unhealthy. Or maybe it's not their normal environment, and something should be done," Benney said.

As for why people are seeing the animals more now, Ward said the wildlife experts believe it has to do with a lack of water and food. "We've always had coyotes in the woods. We just haven't seen them. This year has been unique all around," Ward added.

He also urged people to follow the leash law, so your pets don't accidentally get caught in the live traps. It could take some time for all of this to work, so you're asked to be patient. They believe they know where the dens are.

And if you see a coyote, you can email the mayor, call the police or city hall.

Mayor Ward: cward@proctormn.gov

Police: (218) 624-7788

City Hall: (218) 624-3641

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