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What should I do if I see a coyote?

According to the DNR, coyotes are rarely dangerous and are likely just looking for small animals to eat or feed their young.

Here is what to do if a coyote comes close to you:

  • Make loud noises (Yell at it, bang pots and pans, use an air horn)
  • Make yourself look large (Put your arms up and out to look bigger)
  • Be assertive with your tone
  • Make eye contact (Let the coyote know that this is your space and it is not welcome)
  • Surprise the coyote (Open an umbrella, or throw objects at it)

If you’re seeing the same coyote repeatedly, you should use different methods each time you see the coyote. If you have a small dog, you should pick it up. If you have a larger dog, keep it as close to you as possible.

If you are having issues with coyotes, the DNR suggests taking the following steps:

  • Remove 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
  • If you have pets, accompany them outside and don’t let them roam free
  • If you see a coyote, scare it off by being loud and making yourself seem large


While hunting coyote in Michigan is legal with the proper permit, it is illegal and against State law to discharge a firearm within 450 feet of a dwelling.


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Vehicle Safety Tips

Each year, more than $1 billion in personal items and vehicle accessories are estimated to be stolen from vehicles in more than 2 million vehicle break-ins nationwide. The Lathrup Village Police Department offers the following tips to help reduce the chances of your vehicle being broken into:

- Don't leave ANY items in plain sight
- ALWAYS LOCK your doors and close your windows and sunroofs. Most vehicle break-ins happen to unlocked vehicles
- REMOVE GPS units, laptops, iPods, etc. when leaving your vehicle
- Place shopping bags or valuables in your trunk or out of sight
- If you leave your car in the driveway, take your garage door opener with you. That will help prevent the thief from getting access to your home
- Etch you driver's license number into all removable, valuable items (i.e. audio equipment, in-car DVD players, etc.)
- Don't leave your vehicle title in the vehicle; keep it at home in a safe place
- Install a vehicle alarm system
- Avoid parking in areas that hide your vehicle (i.e. between bigger vehicles, in dark/unlit areas, etc.)
- Always call 911 if you see someone acting suspiciously, looking into cars on your street, in a parking garage or lot, etc.

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