Could Coyotes Be Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va (WHSV)-- People in Lakewood Estates Subdivision received an email after someone saw a coyote and reported it to the neighborhood watch on Jul. 20.

Some people in this neighborhood hadn't heard about the coyote sighting. Others, who weren't comfortable going on camera, said they are concerned about letting their animals outside. Some said they heard howling, but didn't see a coyote.

One family has a new puppy but they aren't too concerned.

"Try to make sure the cats in at night, the dog is relatively big and hangs out, well not this one, our other dog is relatively big and hangs out in the fenced area," said Fred Mayhew, who lives in the neighborhood.

Conservation Officer Rob Ham says homeowners should worry about coyotes if they pose a threat.

"If they look sick, if they're stumbling, if they're foaming at the mouth," said Ham.

He shares ways homeowners can keep coyotes away.

"Any type of garbage anything like that, only put it out on the day that the trash is being collected and don't leave it in the back porch," said Ham.

He says his office which spans the Valley and other parts of the commonwealth receives three to four calls a day.

Ham says construction near Lakewood Estates is pushing coyotes into this residential area. Neighbors realize location may have something to do with it.

"We live in the county, you know, it used to be a farm, so the idea that there's wild animals roaming around doesn't necessarily surprise me at all," said Mayhew.

"Stay aware and keep your eyes open," said Mayhew.

The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office has received five calls within the last year about the coyote problems. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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