Coyotes can be found anywhere in Michigan, even southern Michigan.

They are especially visible during the first few months of the year, their breeding season.

Forest Hills resident Becky Bunting saw a coyote near her condo in Forest Hills and has the pictures to prove it.

Coyotes in the area are not unusual.  But due, in part, to the fact that they prefer to hunt after dark it is not often that we get the chance to see them.  Blandford Nature Center's Kristin Tindall told WZZM:

"It might be surprising for people, especially in more suburban neighborhoods, to realize coyotes are fairly common here in Michigan," she says. "They don't mind living so close to humans so Forest Hills is perfectly within their range."

Coyotes pose little risk to human,but their diet can vary widely.  Michigan.gov explains:

Small mammals such as mice, voles, shrews, rabbits, hares, and squirrels are preferred foods. However, insects, fruits, berries, birds, frogs, snakes, plants, and seeds round out their diet. They will also prey on unattended small dogs and cats, if opportunities exist. Some coyotes learn to kill smaller livestock, such as sheep, goats, calves, and poultry.

Always exciting to see and learn more about the wide range of wildlife in West Michigan!