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Read what Fenton Patch readers had to say about their experiences with the creatures, which have been reported with increasing frequency in southeast Michigan.

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.

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