• Michigan DNR Says Coyotes Sightings On The Rise In Urban, Suburban Areas

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    Source: the oakland Press

    On one Saturday night in mid-August, Auburn Hills resident Kevin Meagher decided to take his dogs for a walk in the area surrounding his home. As he made his way around the familiar terrain, he saw something very unfamiliar — a coyote.

    Meagher, a 60-year-old postal worker, spotted the coyote near the Fieldstone Golf Club, just a short distance away from him home.

    “It was off of Taylor Road, and there’s a lot woods over there, so I’m not surprised, it’s right near the water — it’s the perfect environment (for coyotes),” Meagher said.

    Coyote sightings like these have been on the rise, last year, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said coyote sightings were becoming more common in urban and suburban areas across the state because of rural development.
    “I didn’t think it was that big of a deal to call in the police or anything,” Meagher said. “… I was startled to see it.”

    The medium-sized canines are related to wolves, domestic dogs and foxes, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and occasionally result in territorial attacks against domestic dogs. Cats are at a higher risk because they can be targeted as prey.

    The sighting wasn’t too concerning for Meagher, who doesn’t have any small children and has dogs he believes would be able to defend themselves against a coyote, but they never run off by themselves to end up in the situation.

    “My dogs are decent sized … and I have a fenced-in backyard,” Meagher said.

    Generally, coyotes feed on small animals like mice, but will also eat game species like rabbits, turkeys and deer, according to the DNR.

    The DNR said if you suspect coyotes near your home, there are precautions you can take against them. Reducing prey species such as mice can be done by reducing brush piles mowing areas of tall grass and removing bird feeders and feed decreases chances of coyotes in your yard. Feeding pets outside is also not recommended. You should never intentionally feed a coyote “I didn’t think it was that big of a deal to call in the police or anything,” Meagher said. “… I was startled to see it.”

    The medium-sized canines are related to wolves, domestic dogs and foxes, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and occasionally result in territorial attacks against domestic dogs. Cats are at a higher risk because they can be targeted as prey.

    The sighting wasn’t too concerning for Meagher, who doesn’t have any small children and has dogs he believes would be able to defend themselves against a coyote, but they never run off by themselves to end up in the situation.

    “My dogs are decent sized … and I have a fenced-in backyard,” Meagher said.

    Generally, coyotes feed on small animals like mice, but will also eat game species like rabbits, turkeys and deer, according to the DNR.

    The DNR said if you suspect coyotes near your home, there are precautions you can take against them. Reducing prey species such as mice can be done by reducing brush piles mowing areas of tall grass and removing bird feeders and feed decreases chances of coyotes in your yard. Feeding pets outside is also not recommended. You should never intentionally feed a coyote“I didn’t think it was that big of a deal to call in the police or anything,” Meagher said. “… I was startled to see it.”

    The medium-sized canines are related to wolves, domestic dogs and foxes, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and occasionally result in territorial attacks against domestic dogs. Cats are at a higher risk because they can be targeted as prey.

    The sighting wasn’t too concerning for Meagher, who doesn’t have any small children and has dogs he believes would be able to defend themselves against a coyote, but they never run off by themselves to end up in the situation.

    “My dogs are decent sized … and I have a fenced-in backyard,” Meagher said.

    Generally, coyotes feed on small animals like mice, but will also eat game species like rabbits, turkeys and deer, according to the DNR.

    The DNR said if you suspect coyotes near your home, there are precautions you can take against them. Reducing prey species such as mice can be done by reducing brush piles mowing areas of tall grass and removing bird feeders and feed decreases chances of coyotes in your yard. Feeding pets outside is also not recommended. You should never intentionally feed a coyote“Coyotes are found in every part of Michigan and basically in every urban and suburban area. In general, they don’t pose a risk to people. People need to remember that coyotes are looking for food (mice, small animals),” said Ed Golder, media relations for Michigan DNR.

    If there is a concern about coyotes in the area, small children should be supervised while playing outside, or kept indoors.

    The most important thing to remember is coyotes are generally afraid of people, but if the animal does not show signs of fear, it may be a cause for concern.

    “It’s just a matter of observing behavior — most coyotes are going to exhibit fear of people,” Golder said. “It’s coyotes that become habituated with people (that you should be cautious about) … and they just learned people pose no risk to them.”

    Golder said if you experience a habituated coyote, you should contact a certified animal control company to see if they can take care of it for you.

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