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Canadian GeeseAs development continues in suburban areas and wildlife habitat areas decrease, residents may come into contact with wildlife more often.

In most cases, there is no need for alarm and the city does not need to be notified of these encounters. Most wild animals are wary of humans and try to avoid them. However, if an animal is acting aggressive or appears to be sick or injured, residents are encouraged to call 911.

For more information about wildlife, visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.

City of Plymouth Wildlife Policy
Each year through the budget process, the City Council authorizes the management of wildlife based on public safety and health. View the City of Plymouth Wildlife Policy (PDF)

Best Management Practices
The City of Plymouth employs the following best management practices for controlling unwanted wildlife:
  • Assist in eliminating wildlife feeding sources
  • Planting vegetation less desirable to wildlife and/or protect vegetation from damage (e.g. fencing, hardware cloth cylinders to protect individual trees)
  • Discouraging wildlife from property by harassment
  • Maintaining a tall buffer of native vegetation along bodies of water to discourage wildlife use

Feeding Wildlife 
Please do not feed wildlife. Plymouth Police discourage residents from feeding wildlife in all situations.

Common Nuisance Animals
According to the MN DNR, wild animals (not domesticated animals like dogs or cats) that cause property damage are nuisance animals. 
For more information, check the Minnesota DNR website.

To read more about some of the common nuisance animals in Plymouth, choose from the list below.

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Beaver

  • Coyotes

  • Deer

  • Geese

  • Turkeys