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Coyotes: An Urban Legend You Need to Believe

Coyotes are living among you. They used to prefer thick forests, lush woodlands and wide open prairies. All these had something in common. They all provided enough food, shelter and cover for coyotes to survive. However coyotes are becoming more and more of a nuisance for homeowners in more populated areas of Wisconsin. Not only are coyotes surviving in urban areas, but they’re actually thriving due to the excess amounts of food, water and shelters available to them. In fact, calls have come in from people seeing coyotes running in the streets of downtown Milwaukee!

Coyotes Near Your Home Equal Big Trouble

Usually, coyotes are more afraid of you than you are of them. However, they can pose a threat to any homeowner that has a small dog or cat. Also most coyotes will habitually return to your home for two reasons: 1) they have a den nearby or 2) they have found a food source. Consequently, they are attracted to bird feeders, pet food, garbage cans, compost piles and for more rural areas, livestock. In the spring, they become more aggressive and defensive when pups are born. They feel you might pose a threat to their young. Our Milwaukee pest control professionals have seen coyotes make dens under homeowners’ patios and decks. Equally important, coyotes have become increasingly habituated to humans with reports of daytime encounters growing every day. Never approach these animals or feed them! Our pest management services team is professionally certified to properly handle these animals.


The coyote has many other names. It’s also been called Brush wolf, prairie wolf, little wolf and mush-quo-de-ma-in-gon (Chippewa.) Coyotes are part of the same family as the fox and the wolf and are known as some of the most adaptable species in the Animal Kingdom! Though once rare in all of southeastern Wisconsin, they now inhabit wide areas of all the counties, including all parts of Milwaukee County. Agricultural changes and extermination of larger predators, like wolves and cougars in other areas of the country have led to a rapid expansion of coyotes all over the United States.