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Grosse Ile residents seek end to coyote attacks on pets

Several dogs attacked, killed by coyotes last year

GROSSE ILE, Mich. – Grosse Ile residents are asking for help to control the coyote population after several dogs and cats have been attacked and killed.

Local 4 consumer investigator Hank Winchester looked into the problem, and now help should be coming very soon.

Resident Marla Price said she holds a bat in her hand as she keeps a close eye on her dog outside.

"It seems that, as of lately, the coyote problem has gotten out of control," Price said.

More than a dozen dogs were attacked last year, and several were killed. The coyotes are taking over the small island community, which has become a major concern for residents with pets.

Many concerned homeowners called Help Me Hank, desperate for a solution and hopeful something can be done to keep their pets safe from an attack.

Julie Cortis, of Grosse Ile Animal Control, is working on solving the coyote crisis. The township supervisor, the police chief and animal control officials all agree action needs to be taken, and now trappers are making their way to the island.

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