There have been many reports of coyote sightings and animal attacks in Kentwood and the surrounding neighborhoods, as can be seen on this map set up by some concerned neighbors.
Residents are being warned to keep their animals inside. Even small animals using doggy doors for access to your backyard are at risk. Coyotes can reportedly jump six foot fences from a standing position and eight foot fences with a running start.
Attacks are being reported at all times of the day and night.
If confronted by a coyote, it is advised that you don’t turn your back and run, as they will give chase and attack. Experts advise that you should face the coyote head on, waving your arms, yelling and/or blowing a whistle.
Under no circumstances should you feed coyotes. Feeding them lowers their fear of humans and is illegal. Please don’t leave pet food unattended and available.
To add sightings to the map, email CoyoteWatch911@gmail.com. Animal services can be contacted at 888.452.7381.
For more information about coyotes, this collection of resources has been put together by neighbors.