Coyotes on Chippewa: City Gets Report of Wild Animals in South St. Louis

Categories: Animals

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Noppadol Paothong, MDC
We're baaaack.
As if a polar vortex isn't enough to handle, south-city residents reported coyotes prowling their neighborhood Sunday night after the snowstorm.

Residents reported seeing coyotes in the 2600 block of Chippewa Street, near the intersection of Broadway and Jefferson Avenue, says Eddie Roth, St. Louis' director of operations.

"We will keep an eye on this," he says.

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The 2600 block of Chippewa, where coyotes were spotted Sunday night.
Coyotes have been moving into the St. Louis metro area for more than a month as cold temperatures make food scarce, according to the Humane Society of Missouri.

Coyotes may move through St. Louis in search of food, but they're looking for rabbits, squirrels, raccoons and possibly an injured or old domesticated dog -- not humans.

"Cats can be at risk, too," Roth says, "although I think the smart money may be on a savvy city cat over the country coyote."

See also: How to Keep Your Dog from Getting Eaten By a Coyote in St. Louis

Pro tip: Coyotes are afraid of humans, so clapping and waving can scare them off. Make yourself seem as large as possible.

In an emergency, call the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Hotline at 314-647-4400.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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29 comments
evian257
evian257

Turkeys in Tower Tee, too.

ecbende
ecbende

Make yourself as large as possible?

Bill Bernickus
Bill Bernickus

Keeps the local vermin population down. Feral cats too.

Jerry Lintner
Jerry Lintner

Contact the ACME corporation for a variety of Coyote destroying devices....meep, meep!

Dan Kraybill
Dan Kraybill

We see them commonly. They come up to our sun porch and stare at our cats.

Tank Town
Tank Town

There are always wild animals in South STL lol what you talkin about

Daniel Sexauer
Daniel Sexauer

saw a dead coyote in TGP back in the fall of '11. Definitely caught me by surprise

chrisward99
chrisward99 topcommenter

What is someone going to do about all these lost monkeys in Tower Grove?

Jeff Griswold
Jeff Griswold

"Coyotes on Chippewa" sounds like Nature Jam Rock.

Cary Aye
Cary Aye

Have seen them in Ferguson.

Erin Moloney
Erin Moloney

Sightings of coyotes in Ladue too Lindsay Toler

Lin Staum
Lin Staum

I saw a guy running down alfred with a rifle, I bet that is what he was going to get!

Jen Pingel
Jen Pingel

Coyotes? It'd be more shocking if it was a wolf or mountain lion.. just saying

Juel Rogers
Juel Rogers

Cool! A change of scenery! Please don't kill it!

Rebecca Morgan
Rebecca Morgan

I kill them they are a pain in my ass they've killed my chickens in the coop a few times now so it's on

Brenda Denton Langbein
Brenda Denton Langbein

No surprise to me, there are a few living around Gravois and River Des Peres, in the woods behind the cemetery.

Rick Schaper
Rick Schaper

we see two of them all the time...they live near the train tracks across the street from Colombos bar on Manchester.

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