Re: Has anyone seen a black bear or fox in NoVA? Where can I find them?
Date: September 03, 2010 08:11PM
I have a family of raccoons in my yard, and a few winters back I had the chance to watch their baby as he made his way down the tree for the first time. A family of fox live here as well, and they den in my neighbor's yard. The fox is funny, because I just saw him again the other night, and he always uses the sidewalk for his late night strolls lol.
We also had huge cat paw-prints sighted by a neighbor recently, and they were either from the 40 lb. Bobcat that was witnessed in the area a few years ago, or they were from a transient Mountain Lion.
As for Black Bears, they're rare, but they do show up. Usually they appear in the more heavily wooded sections of the County, such as Clifton.
We have also seen Coyotes in my neighborhood, but the last time they were observed was by a neighbor 10-15 years ago.
Some people claim to see lone Wolves now-and-again near Quantico, and while they're most likely Coyotes, nothing is out of the question to be perfectly honest.
Oh yeah, that Fox scream as well, it took me a while to figure out what it was. It used to freak me out when I was walking near the woods late-at-night, until I figured out what the deal was. Fox make all sorts of noises, and my friend who does security used to always hear a coughing sound at night during his rounds. He swore it was a person, but he never found anyone. Then one night, right when he was looking at the Fox, he heard him make the noise and finally figured it out. I also came across a Fox vs. Raccoon gang fight behind my house one night, and boy, was that one hell of a racket! I broke it up, and they never fought again.
When the Bobcat was around here, a family member of mine swore they heard a woman screaming in the woods. No one was out there, but that's when I remembered that Bobcats and Cougars make those sounds. We also had something slam into our deck gate and shake the wall of the house, and my best guess is that the cat was trying to chase down some prey (Which, lucky for it, managed to slip away through the posts).
Oh, and yeah, there's a particular type of owl that makes a noise almost like a police siren winding up, and I heard that once as well.
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