Urban Areas In Detroit Are Supporting More and More Wildlife
Any patch of woods, park, or marshland in or near a city will hold animals. Those areas in Detroit are really seeing wildlife making a comeback.
Animals Found in Urban Areas of Grand Rapids
Any time you have a city that has lots of parks and woods in the area, you are going to have some wildlife.
The city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is filled with parks and is surrounded by lots of wooded areas, plus the banks of the Grand and Rogue Rivers are filled with wildlife.
There have been black bears spotted at several locations in and around Grand Rapids. There are plenty of turkeys and deer in neighborhoods. Plus all the usual animals like squirrels, rabbits, skunks, possum, raccoons, and groundhogs.
There is one critter that is often overlooked and that is the coyote. Coyotes are all over Grand Rapids and are found in every county in the state of Michigan.
They will eat just about anything but mainly eat a lot of mice and other rodents but rabbits, turkeys, and small deer are also on the coyote menu.
Coyotes eat a lot of cats when they are in an urban area of a city. They will kill small dogs because they see them as competitors but they won't eat them. So it's not a good idea to leave food outside, coyotes will eat cat and dog food and will come back and eventually get the cat or dog if given the chance.
Wildlife Making Comeback in Metro Detroit
Otters were recently spotted in the Detroit River and the last time they were seen in the Motor City was in the early 1900s.
Foxes have been making a comeback in Detroit and are being spotted more frequently.
According to FOX 17, coyotes were spotted along Detroit's riverfront recently. Michigan Department of Natural Resources officer Terry McFadden said, "A lot of times in urban settings they learn to not be afraid of people because they're not being harassed or hazed."
There are plenty of parks in Detroit, plus the river, and those outlining rural areas that have more woods will house more wildlife that will migrate to the city.
There are parts of the city that is just not used anymore and those old abandoned buildings can offer coyotes a lot of options for shelter.