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Today in Hawks around Town – A Coyote/Coywolf/Fox finally caught on film!!

by Prince Of Petworth June 12, 2017 at 10:55 am 18 Comments

spotted around 37th and Warren St, NW

Back April we spoke about a sighting in Woodley Park. This is the first time I’ve ever seen a photo of one. So first off, thanks to Evelyn for sending from North Cleveland Park. Second, is it a coyote, coywolf or fox?

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  • Anon

    That looks like a fox. Just not a particularly bushy one.

    • PetworthGuy


    • textdoc

      Agreed — looks like a fox to me.

  • soozles

    Thinking red fox. Note white-tipped tail. Hard to gauge size here, but coyotes are a lot bigger.

  • Anon X

    Looks like a fox to me.

  • pb

    Red fox. We saw a mom and four kits playing around yesterday in the field on Harewood, across from CUA. Also, a note on the nomenclature – a coywolf is the same thing as an eastern coyote (the only kind of coyote we have around here).

  • Tsar of Truxton

    Definitely a red fox. Waaaay too small to be a coyote.

  • JH

    i’m 110% sure it is a fox

  • BNsantorini

    I saw a red fox in LeDroit Park back in November. Urban wildlife is amazing.

  • That is a fox, and looks nothing like our regional coy(ote/wolf). I’ve seen a lot of foxes, and even Fleet Foxes, but I’ve seen only one coy(ote/wolf), at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, and it was so very obviously not a fox or a dog that if you see one you’ll know in an instant what you’re looking at. They’re literally unmistakable for a fox or even a dog.

  • bje22201


    If you want to see foxes, just go to Haines Point around sunset. Riding laps, I got to see about 5 of them one evening. It appears they really like fried chicken (who doesn’t), and once the sun start to set they come running out to check all of the garbage bins around the loop.

    • Mike S.

      The National Park Service has provided protected habitat for the foxes on the golf courses down there. There are places between the fairways where they’ve allowed vegetation to grow that are off-limits to golfers. The Park Service and golfers love the foxes because the courses had been overrun by geese and ducks, and the greens had waaay too much of their slimy bird droppings. The foxes have done a really good job taking care of the problem.

  • AMDCer

    Looks pretty foxy to me!

  • bruno

    I see scrawny foxes on Cape Cod — of all places.

  • ryan2499

    Sure, a fox, but what does it say?!

  • Eleanor Oliver

    The white tip on the tail and the smaller size would make it a fox.

  • Eric comments

    My security camera recently taped a racoon on my roof being threatened by crows.


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