Crews at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have become deft at removing wildlife from the runways.

Geese, ducks and other birds are usually the problem. But recently it was wildlife of another sort.

It took an hour before crews chased down a coyote that was wandering across the runways and killed it.

The wayward coyote didn’t come as a surprise to Department of Natural Resources experts.

DNR furbearer specialist Jason Abraham said the coyote population is stable to increasing, and the animals are becoming used to human interaction.

Airport duty manager Jeffrey Mattson says typically a coyote will make it past the fence several times a year, but in the past the animals have been easily scared away.

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