Coyote sightings have becoming increasingly prevalent in the Detroit metro area in recent years

By Alex Heigl
Updated March 23, 2016 05:21 PM

A coyote attacked a killed a family dog in the Detroit, Michigan, suburb of Canton on Friday.

The dog, a Bichon Frise, was let out into its backyard with another dog shortly after 5 a.m. Friday, when it was attacked. The other dog was not attacked, and the first pet died from its injuries after being taken to a veterinarian Friday.

A news release from the Canton Publicy Safety Department stated that similar attacks on family dogs have occurred in the metro Detroit area, and that coyote sightings have been commonplace in the Detroit sprawl for years. (As landowners stop maintaining their property, unchecked lawn, bush and tree growth provide more habitats for coyotes and stray-turned-feral dogs.) Coyotes, the CPSD said, “are opportunistic, and will prey on unattended small dogs and cats.”

The Detroit Free Press cites the American Kennel Club’s description of the Bichon Frise: A “a “small, sturdy, white powder puff of a dog whose merry temperament is evidenced by his plumed tail carried jauntily over the back and his dark-eyed inquisitive expression.”