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Stop calling us about coyotes, police tell residents in Placer County suburbs

A coyote is seen walking in the Whitney Ranch neighborhood of Rocklin. Police urge residents to stop calling about the wild animals.
A coyote is seen walking in the Whitney Ranch neighborhood of Rocklin. Police urge residents to stop calling about the wild animals.

First came the calls to Roseville dispatchers from residents concerned that a wayward coyote in their neighborhood posed a danger or was sick.

Now a growing number of residents across the border in Rocklin are reporting the same thing.

The Rocklin Police Department urged people Friday to stop calling about coyotes unless “an extenuating circumstance” exists.

“We are receiving increasing calls regarding coyotes within the city limits,” the department posted on its Facebook page. “These wild animals are important for keeping all wildlife in balance in our ecosystem. California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Placer County Trapper are aware of their increasing presence.”

In the Roseville case, city officials said people should not call animal control or police unless a coyote is injured or acting aggressively toward humans. They said coyotes and other wildlife are common to the area, and that people who live near open space often hear coyotes howling and yipping at night.

Rocklin police posted a picture of a coyote striding on a road, about to cross a median, in the Whitney Ranch neighborhood. In the same thread, someone posted a photo of a coyote in front of Fire Station 25.

Both photos appear to have been taken on a Rocklin thoroughfare with an ill-suited name: Wildcat Boulevard.

Kevin Yamamura: 916-326-5548, @kyamamura

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