Coyote Crossing in Petworth

Best varmint hunter ever

My next door neighbour, Joe Martin, was up early last week and noticed Petworth’s newest resident; an urban coyote:

If you were up early this morning as I was, you would have had the opportunity to see a coyote walking down Varnum Street NW towards Grant Circle…

The coyote was gallantly walking in the middle of the street, coming down from the 300 block, heading west after crossing 4th Street NW. It stopped by the side of a home across Varnum, probably looking for their Christmas decorations.

Now before you go thinking he saw a fox or a mangy dog, let Joe set you straight:

Absolutely not a fox. My windows were within 30 feet of the coyote, well lit on my street. After it crossed into Grant Circle, I went to my computer and looked at photos of coyote to verify what I saw. The ears stood up, busy, full tail. I had no doubts whatsoever. I also looked at the animal with binoculars.

Personally, I say “welcome” to this Wile E. Coyote and wonder what wild animals you’ve seen in our fair city.

Oh and deer don’t count – they’re everywhere.

4 Comments so far

  1. Heather (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2008 @ 4:50 pm

    Yikes, if you think coyotes and urban areas mingle well together, you should try Southern California for awhile. That’ll straigten you out pretty quickly…

  2. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2008 @ 9:41 pm

    The coyote insurgency is sure to keep the cute little bunny population down, thank goodness. That’s for damned sure.

  3. Chris L (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 1:44 am

    I’ve always heard you can spot them in Rock Creek Park occasionally but I have never seen one.

  4. Michael (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 11:28 am

    I’ve seen them over on Cleveland Ave by Garfield street a few times, as well as up closer to Rock Creek. Urban coyotes are the new thing.

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