Though it’s not uncommon to have additional sightings of wildlife such as foxes and coyotes in late winter and early spring, according to Fairfax County Police Department spokesperson Lucy Caldwell, Animal Control Services doesn’t have any anecdotal information pointing to problems with the two species.
“This time of year, with the snow, things were more noticeable,” Caldwell said. “Also, it’s breeding season, so pups will be born soon and there will be additional protective behaviors like moving around to secure the den.”
Citizens should only report wild animals that pose a threat to humans or pets, show signs of rabies or appear sick or injured.
Animal Control is available by phone seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. at the non-emergency dispatch number 703-691-2131. More information can be found on the Animal Control page of the county website at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/animal/animal-control-services.htm.