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Want to outwile coyotes? Here’s how

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This time of year, it’s not uncommon to hear about an uptick in coyote sightings around the state. That’s because the wild dogs, who typically grow to between 15 and 44 pounds, are more visible during their breeding season (January to March), as well as in spring and summer when they’re caring for pups.
Coyotes are extremely adaptable, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources notes, and can be found just about everywhere: in forests, fields, farmlands, backyards, neighborhoods and cities. They’ve learned to survive in urban landscapes throughout Michigan.
When food sources are available — things like trash bins, bird feeders and pet food — coyotes may become more comfortable around people.
To minimize potential conflicts and protect your small pets, DNR furbearer specialist Adam Bump has a few suggestions.
“The first thing to remember is never to intentionally feed or try to tame a coyote; leave wildlife in the wild,” Bump said. “Remove those appealing food sources, fence off your gardens and fruit trees, clear out wood and brush piles, and accompany your pets outdoors rather than letting them roam free.”
There are also hunting and removal options:
Coyote hunting is open year-round, with a valid license. See the current-year Fur Harvester Digest for coyote hunting and trapping regulations.
On private property, the landowner or designee can take coyotes year-round; a license or written permit is not needed.
A permitted nuisance-control business can help with the safe removal of problem animals in urban or residential areas.
For more information, visit the DNR’s coyote webpage.