Monday, December 23, 2013

Coyotes Observed at Ft. Hunt

A pair of coyote (Canis latrans) were confirmed at Ft. Hunt Park last week. One adult and one juvenile coyote were photographed in the evening hours.

Coyotes are a very widespread species and their range stretches from coast to coast. These intelligent animals have adapted to suburban and urban environments. Coyotes have been living in the Washington D.C. area for over a decade and have been documented in Rock Creek Park, local county parks, and the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Since coyotes are often nocturnal, or night-active, they are rarely seen.

Both coyotes observed at Ft. Hunt last week appeared to be in good health and were acting normally. National Park Service staff monitors wildlife activity. National park lands provide important habitat for wildlife and places for people to enjoy the outdoors.

If you have questions or other wildlife sightings, please contact NPS Natural Resource Program Manager Brent Steury at