Fenton Patch readers expressed mixed feelings about the presence of coyotes in the community after a recent story about increased sightings of the creatures in southeast Michigan.
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Some residents admired the coyotes' beauty and urged people to respect them, while others noted some of the dangers the animals can pose.
- Don: I hear them near Center road and Green road in the early morning hours about 4:30am at a friends house, sounds like a pack passing through near North Ore Creek heading south.
- Cathryn Therese: Did you know that coyotes can climb and jump a fences easily? They can carry mange and defecate all over their lovely worm loads. Small children/toddlers, small pets, small dogs, and cats are not safe in a fenced backyard unattended. Coyotes are powerful and can tear up many different types of fencing. Poultry fencing and non woven rabbit fencing are child's play for a hungry coyote. I am not happy at all to have coyotes in our city.
- mrs. k: we are taken away some of their Habitat, they only do what is natural to them looking for food. Watch your pets.Respect our Wild Friends.
- C.C.: We live in the city of Fenton and have one in our yard who is a regular visitor. Our pets are in before dark and supervised for late potty calls. Very beautiful creatures!
If you encounter a coyote
To assist in minimizing a potential conflict with a coyote:
- Never approach or touch a coyote.
- Never intentionally feed 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 residents share the community with wild animals, a coyote sighting should not automatically be considered a cause for concern.