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St. Louis Park coyote caught on camera

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Just says after a coyote killed a Chihuahua in St. Louis Park, another one was caught on camera while out on a lunch run near the same business park off Highway 100 where a coyote set up a den in a culvert.

While coyotes aren't considered a threat to humans, they certainly are to other animals -- like the goslings that were gobbled up for breakfast while drinking water.

"He was pouncing the goslings and tossing them aside," recalled Brent Harris, who watched the circle of life savagely unfold outside his office window. "Chased them across the street there."

Harris turned on his cell phone camera when the coyote came back for leftovers later.

His coworkers called the episode a Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom moment -- but in a metro community, some still think the coyotes are too close for comfort.

The coyote was later seen running down Cedar Lake Road, not far from Home Depot and the shops at West end.

Eagan has started mapping coyote seasons, and is color-coding the sighting by season. Nearly 60 sightings were reported last year alone.

Experts recommend making a lot of noise to scare of any coyote that approaches -- although that's extremely unlikely; however, pet owners should keep a sharp eye on small dogs and cats and remember that coyotes usually sleep during the day and become active between dusk and dawn.

From Eagan to Edina, there have been hundreds of sightings and a handful of attacks on small dogs. April is when the pups are born, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the coyotes may be more determined to find food to feed their young.

To keep coyotes away, it's important to make sure they can't get into any trash containers or pet food.

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