Coyotes (Canis latrans) are a common part of wildlife community in Burnsville, but that is no reason to be alarmed. Coyotes are very secretive and avoid humans, although residents may hear their calls, barks, and yips, especially in the fall. Their primary food sources are small and medium sized mammals such as mice and rabbits. Some important notes on coyotes:
For more information about urban coyotes and for additional recommendations to reduce conflicts, visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) coyote webpage.
If you would like to report a coyote observation in Burnsville, please fill out the Coyote Monitoring Report Form. The City's Natural Resources Department is interested in monitoring the local coyote population.