Forests, fields, farmlands, backyards, neighborhoods and cities … coyotes can be found just about anywhere. These wily creatures may be more visible from January until March during their breeding season, and then also in the spring and summer months as they care for new pups.
Many residents have reported more frequent coyote sightings, probably due in part because coyotes can grow more comfortable living near people – particularly if there are nearby, easy-access food sources available. Smaller mammals, like mice and rabbits, are a coyote’s main source of food.
Do your part to discourage coyotes from visiting your neighborhood and reduce potential conflicts by:
Removing trash bins, bird feeders, pet food and other attractants.
Never intentionally feeding or trying to tame coyotes.
Fencing off gardens and fruit trees.
Clearing out wood and brush piles.
Accompanying pets (especially smaller ones) outdoors and not letting them roam free.
Taking advantage of a coyote’s natural fear of humans and scaring them off.
Learn more about coyotes and find additional tips on how to handle conflicts with wildlife at Michigan.gov/Wildlife or contact DNR Wildlife Division, 517-284-9453.