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Coyote will remain free in Cedar Falls

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- The City of Cedar Falls announced it will not try to trap or capture a coyote seen wandering through town in recent weeks.

The City says the decision comes after consulting with wildlife experts.  It says the coyote has not threatened or harmed any people as of yet.  Wildlife experts say coyotes are actually afraid of humans and shy away when approached.

"Coyotes are not like wolves and they are no more of a threat than other wildlife citizens routinely encounter such as raccoons and squirrels," the City said through a press release Thursday.

Furthermore, the city says there is no good option to capture the coyote.  It says trapping poses too big a risk to domesticated animals and children and has a small liklihood of working.  Tranquilizing also is not an option as it can take 15 to 20 minutes to take effect.  The City also says hunting the coyote is not "legal or appropriate" inside city limits.

Cedar Falls Police will continue to monitor the coyote and consult wildlife experts on the best course of action.

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