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Coyotes have been seen in my neighborhood. Should I be concerned?
Coyotes are found not just throughout our city but in every county in Michigan. They have no interest in humans and are shy, reclusive small mammal eaters. They are nocturnal but can be seen during daylight hours when feeding their pups. They mate for life and are very territorial with a large home range, so seeing one in a neighborhood is not cause for alarm as it may be 5 miles or more away tomorrow. They view cats and dogs as competition for food, so these pets should be accompanied by the owner when outside, especially at night. If seen, the coyote should be scared away by waving arms, loud noises and even throwing something at them. This way they retain a healthy respect and fear of humans.

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