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Among the local wildlife indigenous to the area are coyotes. Coyotes are found in every county in Michigan and are becoming increasingly more common in suburban and urban areas throughout the country.

Coyotes are generally scared of humans and larger pets. In some cases, however, coyotes will attack smaller dogs or cats. Pet owners should keep close watch on their pets and walk their dogs on leashes. Pet food should be kept indoors. Homeowners should be aware that coyotes can make their way into fenced yards.


Property owners wishing to remove coyotes from their property may obtain services from any licensed nuisance animal control company. A list of licensed companies can be found at


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the entity that oversees wildlife in the township, and the township has previously consulted the DNR regarding coyotes in Shelby Township. Advice on how to limit conflict with coyotes and eliminate food sources on your property is provided by the DNR can be found here.


For More Information contact:

USDA Wildlife Services – Michigan State Division: 517-336-1928

Michigan Department of Natural Resources: 734-953-0241

Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center: 586-323-2478