A Michigan police department's photo of a pack of coyotes is going viral.
The West Bloomfield Police Department posted a photo of the pack to their Facebook page on May 31. It's since been shared nearly 1,800 times.
“We enjoy an abundance of wildlife here in West Bloomfield. These coyotes were strolling through the police parking lot today. Reminder to keep a close eye on your small pets,” the department wrote on Facebook.
The Michigan DNR said coyotes can be difficult to tell apart from a medium sized German shepherd dog from a distance.
“There is wide variation in the coyote's color, but generally their upper body is yellowish gray, and the fur covering the throat and belly is white to cream color. The coyote's ears are pointed and stand up, unlike the ears of domestic dogs that often droop,” the DNR said.
Wolves on the other hand, which are typically found in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, are larger than coyotes and carry their tail in a horizontal position while running.
Coyotes are opportunistic and will eat almost anything available. Small mammals such as mice, voles, shrews, rabbits, hares, and squirrels are preferred foods.
People are most likely to see coyotes during their breeding period, which occurs in Michigan from mid-January into March.
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