Coyote Walks Right Up To Door Of Shelby Township Home [PHOTOS]

April 20, 2019 - 3:24 pm
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SHELBY TOWNSHIP (WWJ) - A Shelby Township family came face to face with a coyote that walked right up to their door and tried to make itself at home. 

The surprise encounter happened around 6:20 a.m. Thursday in a subdivision near Van Dyke Avenue and 24 Mile Road. 

Allison Gombos posted on Facebook that she had just let her puppy "Captain" inside the house when she noticed the "really well fed" wild visitor on her doorstep.

"It was crazy how easy this "guy" maybe "girl" jumped our iron fence like it was nothing. Even our police department said that is a big coyote," she wrote.

Wildlife experts say coyotes are rarely aggressive toward people, but are often dangerous to pets. The Michigan Department of Natural resources advises residents of several things they should keep in mind, and several steps they can take, to lessen the chances of a coyote conflict. 

Remember: 

  • Coyotes can be found everywhere – forests, fields, farmlands, backyards, neighborhoods and cities.
  • Coyotes may be more visible during breeding season (January through March) and when they are caring for their pups during the spring and summer months.
  • Coyotes have learned to survive in urban landscapes throughout Michigan.
  • Coyotes can become comfortable living near people, particularly if there are food sources available.
  • Smaller mammals, like mice and rabbits, are a coyote’s main source of food. 
  • People play a role in reducing potential conflicts with wildlife.

Help prevent conflicts:

  • Remove potential attractants such as trash bins, bird feeders and pet food.
  • NEVER intentionally feed or try to tame coyotes. 
  • Fence off gardens and fruit trees.
  • Clear out wood and brush piles.
  • Accompany pets outdoors, and do not allow them to roam free. 
  • Take advantage of a coyote’s natural fear of humans and scare them off if you see them.

Hunting and removal options:

  • Coyote hunting is open year-round, and Michigan residents need a valid base license to hunt for them. See the current-year Hunting and Trapping Digest for coyote hunting and trapping regulations. 
  • On private property where coyotes are doing or about to do damage, a property owner or designee can take coyotes year-round; a license or written permit is not needed.
  • A permitted nuisance control business can assist in the safe removal of problem animals in urban or residential areas.

Get more information about coyotes in Michigan at this link