coyotes http://michiganradio.org en Tracking city-dwelling coyotes at night http://michiganradio.org/post/tracking-city-dwelling-coyotes-night <p>Coyotes have been making themselves at home in cities all over the country.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; They&rsquo;ve been showing up in big cities like Chicago and Detroit, and in a lot of suburban areas.&nbsp;</p><p>But we don&rsquo;t know a whole lot about Michigan&rsquo;s urban coyotes.</p><p>A small <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=551">research team</a> from Wayne State University is trying to find out as much as they can.</p><p>But to do this... they have to act like urban coyotes... and become nocturnal.&nbsp; Bill Dodge is a PhD candidate at Wayne State.&nbsp; He heads up the research team.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;They&rsquo;ve found in other studies that coyotes especially around humans become much more nocturnal than say, out West.&rdquo;</p><p>Dodge invited me to tag along on their 6pm to midnight shift one Friday night a few weeks ago.&nbsp;</p><p>I met up with the group in a parking lot in northeast Oakland County.&nbsp;</p><p>Bill Dodge puts on a headset and pulls an antenna and a mess of cables out of his trunk.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m getting a signal on him but it&rsquo;s really weak...&rdquo;</p><p>They&rsquo;re tracking a radio collared coyote that they trapped last summer.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll go down the road a ways and take a listen to see if he&rsquo;s closer.&rdquo;</p><p>The team takes precautions to keep from being spotted by other people... as they cruise around these neighborhoods.</p><p>Holly Hadac volunteers with the coyote study.&nbsp; She&rsquo;s also a retired sheriff&rsquo;s deputy.&nbsp; She points out the red cellophane covering her car&rsquo;s interior lights.</p><p>&ldquo;My interior lights don&rsquo;t go on when I start the car up.&nbsp; I&rsquo;ve got all the lights in my car blocked out, and that way keeps me incognito with what I&rsquo;m doing.&nbsp; So we keep our coyote safe so nobody knows where he is.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;If someone doesn&rsquo;t like coyotes, they might look for him.&rdquo;</p><p>She says they&rsquo;re worried someone might kill their research subject.</p><p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 6884 at http://michiganradio.org Tracking city-dwelling coyotes at night Study: Role of coyotes on deer population in the UP http://michiganradio.org/post/study-role-coyotes-deer-population <p>In the last few years, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/illegal-wolf-kills-spiking-michigans-upper-peninsula">illegal wolf kills in the Upper Peninsula</a> have been going up as more sportsman become convinced that wolves are harming the deer population.</p><p>The antipathy toward wolves might change now that the species <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/what-life-endangered-species-list-could-mean-michigan-wolves">is no longer federally protected</a>, but it also might change as more research is done on other predators in the UP.</p><p>Howard Meyerson of the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2012/04/experts_surprised_by_which_pre.html">Grand Rapid Press</a>, reports on deer predation research being conducted in Michigan&#39;s Upper Peninsula by <a href="http://www.fwrc.msstate.edu/carnivore/predatorprey/background.asp">Mississippi State University</a> students.</p><p>So far, the research is showing a somewhat surprising result: that coyotes are a top predator of fawns in parts of the western UP.</p><p>From the Grand Rapids Press:</p><blockquote><p>...what researchers found this past winter, the third year of a western U.P. deer mortality study, is that coyotes were the No. 1 predator followed by bobcats. Wolves came in fourth after a three-way tie among hunters, unknown predators and undetermined causes.</p><p>&ldquo;I was somewhat surprised to see coyotes play as large a role in fawn predation as they did...,&rdquo; said Jerry Belant, an associate professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management at Mississippi State University.</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 16:40:54 +0000 Mark Brush 6873 at http://michiganradio.org Study: Role of coyotes on deer population in the UP Coyotes make themselves at home in Michigan cities http://michiganradio.org/post/coyotes-make-themselves-home-michigan-cities <p>Coyotes have been moving into a lot of American cities. Here in Michigan, you could potentially see coyotes almost anywhere. But researchers don&#39;t know a whole lot about the state&rsquo;s urban coyotes.</p><p>A small research team from Wayne State University hopes to change that. They&#39;re trying to figure the animals out. They want to find out how many coyotes are living in cities. And they want to know what they&rsquo;re eating, and how they survive.</p><p>A few weeks ago, one day just after dawn, I met up with the research team at the side of a road in Oakland County. We crossed the road to get to a grassy, undeveloped piece of land. The group fanned out to look for evidence of coyotes... that is: tracks, and scat.</p><p>After just a few steps, we found tracks. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 19:01:36 +0000 Rebecca Williams 3266 at http://michiganradio.org Coyotes make themselves at home in Michigan cities