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Canton police report an increase in calls about coyotes in the community

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By myFOXDetroit.com staff

CANTON, Mich. (WJBK)

Police in Canton say they're seeing an increase in the number of calls reporting coyotes in the community. Wildlife officers warn that strange animal in your neighborhood that looks like a medium-sized German shepherd may actually be a coyote.

 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says coyotes can be found in both urban and suburban areas including subdivisions. Coyotes are most likely to be spotted during their breeding period which occurs in the state from mid-January into March.

Coyotes are active day and night but their peak activity usually happens at sunrise and sunset.

The DNR says coyotes are opportunistic and will prey on unattended small dogs and cats but since they are known to have an instinctive fear of people, coyotes rarely attack humans.

Canton Police say residents are encouraged to follow the tips provided to minimize interaction with wildlife.

· Never approach or touch a coyote
· Never intentionally feed a coyote
· Eliminate all outside food sources, especially pet food
· Put garbage out the morning of pick-up
· Clear out wood and brush piles; they are a habitat for mice and may attract coyotes
· Do not allow pets to roam free when coyotes are present-consider keeping pets indoors or
accompany them outside, especially at night


Reports of a coyote in distress or causing a threat can be called in to Public Safety's non-emergency line at: 734/394-5400

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