Village of Brown Deer
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Controlling Coyotes in the Community
Recently there have been questions from residents about what they should do when they see coyotes in the community. The first thing to consider is coyotes are wild animals and are more afraid of you than you are of them. In the event that a coyote becomes a concern, please keep this information in mind as it addresses your rights as a Brown Deer resident.

The DNR will not trap, kill or otherwise prevent coyotes from roaming about. They recommended that you contact a nuisance wildlife control company and/or install a fence. They also recommended that people with small pets watch them closely when outside. The instances of coyotes attacking/harming humans are extremely rare and most of the time the coyotes can be scared away by motion lights and/or loud noises.

VIllage of Brown Deer Municipal Code 34-29 states:

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in killing any animal other than as prescribed by law in the village.

(b) It shall be unlawful to set or place any spring-type trap in the village for the purpose of catching or killing animals or for any other reason; provided, however, that this section shall not be applicable to humane officers in the official performance of their duties. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to prohibit property owners from setting the box-type trap for the control of animals which are destructive to the property of the owner.

Ordinance 34-28 states:

a) Discharging and carrying firearms; prohibitions.

(1) No person, except a peace or law enforcement officer or member of the military in the line of duty as defined in Wisconsin Statutes, shall fire or discharge any firearm, rifle, spring gun, air gun (whether a missile is expelled by compressed air, gas or chemical) electric weapon, or paint ball gun within the Village of Brown Deer.

If a coyote or any other wild animal should become overly aggressive to humans, we encourage you to call the police department and we will handle those situations on a case by case basis.

Follow this link for tips from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on how to control coyotes in the community.

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