That is NOT a stray dog in your yard

With the warmer weather happening coyotes are starting to roam through forests, farms and neighborhoods. They are hunting for food and even through they are scared of humans, they will become comfortable around us if feed. Even bird feeders can intriguing to these animals. Also, the Department of Natural Resources informed the Detroit Free Press that...

Coyotes are particularly visible during their breeding season, which runs from January through March. Sightings also can be expected in spring and summer, when they're caring for pups.

 

The Department of Natural Resources lists the best things you can do to protect your family and animals...

For your safety, NEVER intentionally feed or try to tame coyotes.  It is critical that they retain their natural fear of people.

  •  Eliminate outside food sources.

- Garbage or pet food left out may draw their attention.

- Coyotes may also take advantage of the small mammals and birds that bird feeders and gardens often attract.

- Clear out brush piles that provide hiding places for small mammals and birds.

  • Keep small pets indoors or accompany them outside and keep them on a leash.
  • If you see a coyote in your area, try to scare it off by yelling, clapping or making other loud noises. Most coyotes are naturally afraid of people and will leave if you frighten them.
  • Coyotes, like any wild animal, can act unpredictably and should be treated with respect and enjoyed from a distance.

You are most likely to see a coyote at dawn and dusk, that doesn't mean they won't be out at during the day or at night. It's just the best time to beware that they are out there.

Take precautions and be safe.