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Jan. 24, 2018 - Coyotes have been in Hampton Roads for years. However, there’s been an uptick in sightings lately, and some residents are worried.
For the record, coyotes provide some benefits. They eat rats, raccoons and other small mammals – critters we’ve also been seeing a lot. Still, they’re a potential danger to our small mammals, and residents should be careful about small dogs and cats outside unattended at dusk or overnight.
Hampton’s Animal Control staff is not allowed to trap or capture coyotes or other wild animals, unless an animal is sick or injured. There are private trappers licensed by the state who residents can hire. If you see a coyote, keep your distance. Make noise to scare it away so it doesn’t get used to humans.