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Village of Whitefish Bay
Tuesday December 13th, 2016 :: 01:46 p.m. CST


Coyote Update

Press Release
Police Department of Whitefish Bay
Dec. 13, 2016

Coyote Incident Reported
If you see a coyote, please call the Whitefish Bay Police Department Non-Emergency number : 414-351-9900.

On Sunday, December 11, at 5:30 am, in the eastern part of the Village, a small dog was apparently killed by two coyotes. The dog’s owner was out shoveling and the white dog was loose outside. When the resident couldn’t find his pet, he walked over to the other side of the car that was parked in the driveway and found the dog. Two coyotes ran away from the near vicinity of the dog, heading west. The dog died from its injuries.
The DNR has been contacted to assess the severity of this and the other incident this year, and the likelihood of the same two coyotes being involved with the other incident this year in October. That incident occurred 3 blocks from Estabrook Park and the Milwaukee River, while Sunday’s incident was two blocks from the Lake Michigan bluffs, and seven blocks north of the previous incident. Both dogs were very small dogs, approximately 4-5 pounds each.
Coyote Prevention

Whitefish Bay and neighboring communities have wildlife because of the close proximity to parks and natural resources. Estabrook Park, the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan have long attracted wildlife such as coyotes, which have been in this area for years. Certain times of year, like now, a few precautions need to be taken to ensure safety of all pets.

If you have a small dog, do not leave it unattended and stay close to it in order to intimidate a possible coyote attack. Do not use a leash with a retractable long cable. Never let cats out to roam.
It’s important to know that in modern times no human in Wisconsin has been attacked by a coyote. There have been numerous incidents in the state and the metro Milwaukee area where small dogs and cats have been killed by coyotes but no humans have been attacked by a coyote. There is no reason to believe that these coyotes in our area will be the first coyotes in modern times to attack a human.

If you see a coyote in your neighborhood please call the Whitefish Bay Non-Emergency Police Department : 414-351-9900. Please tell the tele-communicator any information you have about the direction of the coyote(s). The Whitefish Bay PD will be working with DNR to determine what if any steps should be taken. More information about Coyotes is available on the Village of Whitefish Bay website at, or go to

Village of Whitefish Bay
5300 N Marlborough Dr
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 414-962-3830

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