[from Joe Martin, ANC 4C Chair]
If you were up early this morning as I was, you would have had the opportunity to see a coyote walking down Varnum Street NW towards Grant Circle. I have publicized reports of seeing them around here, but this was my first sighting.
The coyote was gallantly walking in the middle of the street, coming down from the 300 block, heading west after crossing 4th Street NW. It stopped by the side of a home across Varnum, probably looking for their Christmas decorations. Then it wandered back and forth a little where Varnum meets Grant Circle before crossing into the Circle itself.
This took place at about 4:30am. Very cool for me. My fellow ANC Commissioner, Ron Bland, reports seeing coyote in his back yard on the 1600 block of Buchanan Street NW nightly.
You might want to keep Muffin inside overnight - especially if she's been de-clawed.
Update - Click here for a link to the Park Service's FAQs about coyotes in Rock Creek Park.