Are Coyotes Prowling Montgomery County? - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Are Coyotes Prowling Montgomery County?

Posted: Updated:
WHITEMARSH TWP., Pa. -

Some residents in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County, are on the lookout for coyotes, after a couple of homeowners reported spotting them over the past couple of weeks.

But are they coyotes, or red foxes?

Fran Caiazzo first spotted what she believes is a coyote this past spring.  So she immediately started taking precautions every time she stepped out onto her deck.  Caiazzo now stomps her feet as she exits her home.

Recently, her concerned doubled.

"There's two," Caiazzo told FOX 29. "I didn't know there's two until a couple weeks ago.  I had fed the birds and the squirrels out here.  I always throw my old bread out to the tree, and there were two."

Neighbor Ray Findley doesn't discount the sightings.  "That's very plausible," Findley said.  "I would think there's coyotes in the area, could be, yeah."

The Pennsylvania Game Commission officer stationed in the southern portion of Montgomery County told Fox 29 there are coyotes in the area, and there have been for years.

YouTube video shows a coyote hanging out in Chicago, so spotting them in the suburbs is not that unusual. But they are getting a bad rap.

"They're dangerous," Findley said.  "Any small children, pets, that's fair game for them."

Not necessarily, according to the Game Commission officer. He says he's never heard of a coyote attacking a human in Pennsylvania.

What's more, what Fran Caiazzo photographed may actually be a red fox.

"At first we thought it was a small dog, but then it's orange and it has the freaky tail," Caiazzo explained.

That tail is key. A red fox tail is as long as its body, which appears to be what Caiazzo photographed. A coyote tail is much shorter.

Either way, the PA Game Commission does recommend that residents keep their small pets inside overnight, since both coyotes and foxes are nocturnal.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Suspect Arrested In Upper Merion Burglary, Home Invasion

    Suspect Arrested In Upper Merion Burglary, Home Invasion

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:05 AM EDT2014-07-23 05:05:55 GMT
    SkyFOX was over the scene in Upper Merion just after 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning where police say what started as a burglary turned into a home invasion.
    SkyFOX was over the scene in Upper Merion just after 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning where police say what started as a burglary turned into a home invasion.
  • 'Tuesday's Children' Remembers Family Members Lost To Terrorism

    'Tuesday's Children' Remembers Family Members Lost To Terrorism

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:35 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:35:22 GMT
    These children all share a common bond. They've all lost someone they love - because of terrorism.
    These children all share a common bond. They've all lost someone they love - because of terrorism.
  • Shoppers Get Sneak Peak Of New Target Store In King Of Prussia

    Shoppers Get Sneak Peak Of New Target Store In King Of Prussia

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:58 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:58:18 GMT
    Shoppers got a sneak peak of the mega Target store located by the King of Prussia mall on Tuesday.
    Shoppers got a sneak peak of the mega Target store located by the King of Prussia mall on Tuesday.
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices