Wily coyotes finally spotted on camera in James River Park system

PHOTO: Science in the Park

RICHMOND, Va. – Though cameras have been in the James River Park system since 2014, it wasn’t until recently that those wily coyotes were finally photographed.

“Two years of game camera work finally confirm Canis latrans as a player in the park fauna,” wrote Science in the Park, which is a collaborative effort between numerous organizations and individuals to provide educational materials about the JRPS.

The game camera project has now captured two wild canid species, the first being the Vulpes vulpes – a red fox – which was filmed on the train tracks about two months ago.

It has been long believed that coyotes were in the park system, and they have certainly been spotted in the near West End, near the river, as well as in neighborhoods south of the river.

PHOTO: Science in the Park

The cameras appear to have filmed the coyotes in September, October and November.

Amy Wright, who oversees Science in the Park, told the local paper that the images seem to show two different coyotes.

“We’ve been looking for them for a freaking year and a half,” she said in an interview with the RTD.

According to residents near Pony Pasture, coyotes have been recently heard and seen.

PHOTO: Science in the Park

PHOTO: Science in the Park

“This guy crossed Longview from the Jamgochian quarry right in front of me last night as I turned in to my driveway ,” wrote George Hastings on Facebook. “It trotted down into the wet bottom land on my property just a block from the Pony Pasture!”

“Last month, My friend saw one crossing forest hill near pineway,” wrote Angela Worris

“I woke up to blood curdling cries last Thursday morning (1 am) and saw a coyote,” wrote Patty Parks. “This was on Riverside Drive midway between 26th and 28th.”