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Coyotes become more active in late winter and early spring

Published by Central Office February 1, 2016

Contact(s): Dianne Robinson, DNR wildlife biologist, 262-424-9827; Jenna Kosnicki, DNR assistant furbearer ecologist, 608-261-6452

Join DNR staff for a Feb. 23 chat at noon and learn more

Photo Credit: WDNR

MADISON - Coyotes become more active in late winter as they become more territorial during the breeding season and give birth to pups. Join Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for a live chat Feb. 23 at noon and learn more, including how to help reduce coyote interactions with pets.

Coyotes are prevalent throughout much of Wisconsin, and thrive in areas with an abundance of food like rabbits, squirrels, and rodents. In many urban settings, bird feeders, gardens and ornamental vegetation can bring coyotes to the area where these animals feed.

To help reduce coyote interactions, remember a few quick tips:

Trapping and hunting of coyotes is legal year-round on your property without a DNR license, although most municipalities within urban areas have regulations related to trapping and discharging a firearm. Please check with your local government to ensure adherence to local ordinances.

Coyote chat Feb. 23

Join Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources experts for an online chat Feb. 23 at noon - staff will be on hand to answer questions ranging from nuisance wildlife concerns to habitat and behavior.

Visit and search keyword "chat" to submit questions and view responses from DNR experts. Here, you can also view past chats and sign up to receive email notifications.

To learn more about what type of animals frequent your backyard, check out the department's guide to mammal tracks in Wisconsin.

For more information regarding coyotes in Wisconsin, search keyword "furbearers." To learn more about urban coyotes, search keywords "urban wildlife."

Last Revised: Monday, February 01, 2016

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