Trenton City Hall: 2800 Third St. Trenton, MI 48183 | Phone: (734) 675-6500 Fax: (734) 675-4088
TRENTON - WOODHAVEN ANIMAL CONTROL
Animal Control receives calls weekly about the coyotes and other wildlife. We all need to educate ourselves about these animals. Let's start by understanding that coyotes as well as all native wildlife in the State of Michigan are regulated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The State of Michigan DNR allows wildlife to be trapped or killed ONLY if that animal is doing or is about to do property damage. A State of Michigan Permit and/or License through the DNR are a must for taking any Wildlife. Citizens are encouraged to check out the following website for additional information. www.Michigan.gov/dnr.
Also, a great site for information is www.semcrp.org. This is the Southeastern Michigan Coyote Research Project. We encourage people to visit this site and contact them for information or questions.
Citizens may also check out the www.projectcoyote.org, Michigan Animal Damage Control Association web site at www.madca.us and also mtpca.com.
As with any of our native wildlife, coyotes are here to stay. Coyotes as well as all of our wildlife have always been a resident of our area. They have learned to adapt to us and now we need to learn to understand them and also adapt. Our goal is to minimize encounters and to control any wildlife that is doing damage to personal property. As with any of our wildlife, citizens have many fears that come from false information. The following is information that can help stop those fears and control encounters with all wildlife including the coyotes.
Coyote Facts: Coyotes Weigh 15-45 pounds but look large because of their bushy fur. Coyotes mating season begins early spring. Coyotes live in family packs which consist of a breeding pair and may include older offspring. A family pack will control their own population by chasing off other coyotes. Coyotes communicate with howling, yelping, barking or huffing. A coyotes diet consists of small mammals, insects, reptiles, fruit and carrion. A recent study showed that on average a coyote's diet is 78% rodents, 26% berries, 27% rabbits, 12% raccoons, 10% deer and less than 2% of human food. This shows that coyotes are NOT dragging off small children, dogs and cats. In fact, they help keep the rodents and other wildlife from over running our homes.
Citizens should be taking steps to help limit encounters with all wildlife and coyotes. The largest problems that Animal Control sees with the fact of wildlife moving in and more encounters with humans are the following.