Coyotes Calling Fairfax Home

Familiar with Wile E. Coyote, the Warner Bros. cartoon icon, fruitlessly pursuing the Roadrunner across the deserts of the American Southwest? According to this Washington Post Magazine article, it has been a while since the wild canine has been forced to expand its range. It's here now.

In the Washington area, coyotes have been sighted sporadically for a number of years, but their numbers appear to be growing and the animals, according to experts, now appear to be permanently established in the region.

Lorton Coyote.JPGThis coyote set off a motion-activated camera in Dec 2000 at Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton (Earl Hodnett / Fairfax County Police Department Animal Control Division )

The office administrator at the Post's Fairfax bureau has seen them in the woods behind her Fairfax home. So where are Focus on Fairfax readers spotting coyotes? Does anyone know of well-established populations of the animals living in or near their communities? How are you handling your new neighbors?

By  |  April 17, 2006; 1:21 PM ET  | Category:  Animals
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