Feb 18, 2021 - News
Coyotes may be hanging out in Des Moines
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Waterbury neighbors with outside pets were recently warned by a DSM resident using Nextdoor that coyotes have been howling and are hunting in her backyard.

The state of play: There is indeed a likelihood that the wild dogs are in your neighborhood, Polk County Conservation director Rich Leopold told Jason.

But the potential for coyote conflict with domestic pets is slim, Leopold said.

  • Free-roaming cats are the most vulnerable.
  • City Fidos are generally leashed or in fenced areas and are typically safe.

Preferred coyote snacks: Mice, voles, squirrels, rabbits and small birds.

Our thought bubble: Keep your pets well secured, relax and enjoy the coyote serenade.

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