Coyotes in Canton

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources

For the past few years, residents have noticed an increase in the number of coyotes in the community.

According to Michigan's Department of Natural Resources, coyotes can be found throughout the state, in both urban and suburban areas, including subdivisions. Coyotes are active day and night, however peak activity usually occurs at sunrise and sunset.

In urban areas like Canton, coyotes are attracted to garbage, garden vegetables and pet foods. Coyotes are opportunistic, and will prey on unattended small dogs and cats. However, because coyotes are known to have an instinctive fear of people, coyotes rarely attack humans. According to public health authorities, bites from snakes, rodents and dogs are a far greater possibility than from a coyote.

To assist in minimizing a potential conflict with a coyote:

  • Never approach or touch 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

Because we share the community with a variety of non-domesticated animals, a coyote sighting should not automatically be considered a cause for concern, and does not need to be reported to the police department.

"If residents feel they are in danger of a coyote, or if they observe a coyote in obvious distress, they should contact the police department," says Community Relations Officer Patty Esselink. "Otherwise, residents are encouraged to follow the tips provided to minimize interaction with wildlife."

To report a coyote in obvious distress or causing a public threat, call the Police Department's non-emergency line at 734/394-5400. For emergency situations call 911.