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October 31, 2013
Grosse Pointe Woods — Police put out an alert this past weekend through the NIXLE warning system that a coyote had been sighted around 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Torrey and Elford Court.

Police warned residents to be alert when putting small pets outside after there were at least two sightings in the area, one by a public safety officer.

Coyote sightings have dropped off dramatically the past few years after a rash of sightings in 2010. At that time, a dog was killed on Dodge Place in the City, another survived an attack on Belle Meade in the Shores, and at least two dogs were killed in the Woods. Police killed two coyotes, one on the grounds of the Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms and another on a frozen Lake St. Clair. Another coyote was captured at Lochmoor Club after Grosse Pointe Woods officials hired a professional trapper.

Residents are advised to never feed coyotes and to remove food sources such as outdoor dog food bowls. Small pets should be watched when they are outside. If a coyote is spotted, notify Woods animal control officer Debbie Reed at (313) 343-2400.

"There is little we can do unless they pose a threat," Reed said, "but if a resident sees one, let us know so we can track their movements."

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Reed also reminded residents to never approach a coyote, but rather to try and scare it off by making loud sounds like banging pots and pans.

"You don't want a coyote to feel comfortable around humans," she said. "You want to keep it at a distance."

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