The James River Park System - Richmond, VA

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Canis latrans
Family: Canidae

Predator / Omnivore
Non-native to Virginia

Coyote Factsheet



The coyote has been called the most adaptible animal on the planet. It is primarily a scavenger and can carve out a territory among patches of grassland, forest, and even man-made structures. This makes it easy for it to adapt to life in urban environments.

Recorded activity in the James River Park

This species eluded our game cameras for almost two years. In mid-September, 2015, on the south side of the river, coyote were captured in still photographs, and again, a month later, in pictures from along the North Bank Trial. Finally, in January 2016, our video cameras caught em!

Coyote waits for car on Vimeo.

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