Arden Hills is home to many wild animals, including foxes, coyotes, turkey, deer, occasionally bears, and more. Ramsey County Sheriff's Office provides animal control services for Arden Hills, and will advise residents to leave wildlife alone unless it is injured or poses a threat to public safety, their general guideline is "if it flees, let it be". Bear sightings may be surprising to some, but occur in Arden Hills, as well as, most of the northern suburbs. The same guidelines apply to bear sightings as other wildlife.
To protect pets and wildlife, owners should monitor and leash pets in areas where they may encounter wildlife. Wild animals are protected and can't be killed to defend a pet. In Arden Hills, you are restricted to trapping animals only. Do not take live animals to another area to release as this may spread disease. More information about Living Alongside Wildlife is provided by the DNR.
Animal control services are focused on domestic animal issues. Animal Control does not remove wild animals simply because they are on your property. The City recommends the use of private licensed professional animal control companies for removal of distressed wildlife. Deputies and police officers respond to public safety incidents involving injured or dangerous wildlife on private private property. If you see road kill, like deer carcasses, call the road authority that has immediate responsibility. For interstates, U.S. and state highways, contact the Minnesota Department of Transportation. For county roads, contact Ramsey County Public Works. For city roads and streets, contact Arden Hills Public Works.