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  • The Coyote ....

    Mark Twain said that the Coyote "is so spiritless and cowardly that even when his exposed teeth are pretending a threat the rest of his face is apologizing for it.".
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What We Do

The primary goal of our research is to provide information to wildlife biologists, animal damage control officials, urban planners, educators, and other interested parties to help develop reasonable and effective management strategies to mitigate human-coyote conflicts.

The objectives of this research are to:

  1. Determine the distribution of coyotes
  2. Investigate what food sources are important to coyotes and how this might vary seasonally and among different areas
  3. Understand how human development and activities affect coyote movement patterns and habitat selection

To get a general idea of coyote distribution in southeastern Michigan, during May – August 2009 we surveyed for evidence (e.g., fecal material [scat], tracks, den sights, etc.) of coyotes in Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties. In addition, to gather data on coyote feeding habits, scats identified as coyote were collected and the undigested material (e.g., teeth, hair) are being analyzed. Surprisingly, our first week out in the field we saw two individual coyotes and a family group (2 adults, 1 juvenile). That same week we heard a group of pups howling in response to an emergency vehicle siren. That was our only close encounters with live coyotes for the entire summer. We collected >350 coyote scats at various locations throughout southeastern Michigan. Evidence of coyotes was found most often in areas with patches of natural vegetation nearby. Preliminary analysis of undigested remains in scats suggests that during the spring and early summer, coyotes feed primarily on small rodents such as mice and voles, and eastern cottontail rabbits.

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Study Results

  • Distribution and Habitat use in Detroit +

    Background, Objective, Results and Conclusions Read More
  • Preliminary Survey Feeding Habits SE MI +

    Background, Methods, Feeding Habits and Conclusion Read More
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