Coyotes are a nocturnal species. They help control “pest” populations by eating deer and rodents. They also eat insects, reptiles, birds, fruits, and carrion. The average litter size of a coyote is four to seven pups. Both parents care for the young.
Coyotes are a rabies vector species and unfortunately cannot be cared for at City Wildlife.
It is fine to see a coyote during the day; however, if a coyote is acting sick or exhibiting unusual behaviors, contact DC Animal Care and Control at 202-576-6664. Coyotes can contract mange. This is presented as weakness and patchy fur.
To learn more about the coyote population in DC, please visit http://www.districtcoyotes.com.