LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan wildlife officials say it's the time of year when coyote sightings will be common around the state.
The Department of Natural Resources says coyotes are particularly visible during their breeding season, which runs from January through March. Sightings also can be expected in spring and summer, when they're caring for pups.
DNR furbearer specialist Adam Bump says coyotes are adaptable and will turn up in forests, fields, farmlands, backyards, neighborhoods and cities. They can become comfortable around humans when food is readily available.
Bump says people can avoid conflicts by removing food sources such as trash bins, bird feeders and pet food. It's also a good idea to clear brush and wood piles. He says people should never to try to tame coyotes.
Licensed coyote hunting is allowed year-round.