Washington County residents report spike in coyote sightings

Maryland

While the mating season for coyotes ended last month, residents in Washington County, Maryland are reporting numerous coyote sightings. 

According to wildlife experts, the recent surge in coyote sightings in places like Maugansville could be for a number of reasons.

“With limited number of predators, their population is going to explode and that’s what we’re probably seeing,” said Captain Brian Albert of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police. “They’re moving into the more rural areas.”

The nocturnal animals that you may have seen or heard about in Western Maryland are no surprise, but the recent spike in their numbers is.  

Neal Walls is a coyote trapper in the area and says, “I got seven last year. I’m on my 34 so far this year. People, even the farmers were shocked by this amount.” 

Wildlife officials share tips on what you can do if you come face to face with a coyote.

“The biggest thing is make noise,” said Albert. 

He adds, “with small pets, dogs and cats, you definitely want to stay with them if you’re walking because they will take an opportunity to take a pet.” Animal experts also say if your pet fights with a coyote, don’t get involved.

Remember, coyotes are more scared of you than you are of them. 

You can report coyote sightings at your local wildlife office. 

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