Rachel Vanderkruik shared this video with Jamaica Plain News of three coyotes strolling through Franklin Park in late January. "I saw them by the William J. Devine Golf Course -- seems they had just crossed over Circuit Drive from the Franklin Park Picnic area. I was out running with my dog and at first just saw one and thought it was a dog off of the leash, but then the other two came along," said Vanderkruik. This continues Jamaica Plain News' recent coverage of coyotes in the neighborhood -- hear them howl and check out a duo near the tennis courts/picnic area. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjuUgn7humA
So why did the coyote cross Centre Street in Jamaica Plain? Easy answer: To get to the other side. You can see this coyote stop on Centre Street and observe the action of cars commuting around 6 am on January 4, 2023. This video was sent to Jamaica Plain News by a reader after they recorded this coyote crossing over Centre Street from the grounds of the First Church of Jamaica Plain. The reader said there was more than one coyote, too.
Coyotes are seen around Jamaica Plain, but not always heard. But Jamaica Plain resident Jennifer Uhrhane was recently able to record coyotes having a howling good time in Franklin Park. Uhrhane has lived in Jamaica Plain since 2004 and for the first time ever spotted a coyote running in Franklin Park past the tennis courts in mid-December. "As soon as we approached the tennis courts we heard the howling. It was really loud, and sounded like they were right next to us (though we couldn’t see them in the dark woods)," said Uhrhane.
It's been rather cold and dreary of late, but that didn't stop a beautiful coyote from enjoying an afternoon in Franklin Park. The coyote was out and about near the picnic tables by the tennis courts by the Shattuck Hospital on Dec. 23, 2022. Actually, two coyotes were seen -- but we only got good video of one of the coyotes. Maybe next time we'll get both on video.
Coyotes exist throughout the Greater Boston area, and right here in Jamaica Plain, especially in greenspaces like the Arnold Arboretum. In early February, local resident Grace Holley tweeted photos and video of a coyote she saw eating an animal, right before it approached her and her dog. Seemingly in response the Arnold Arboretum posted an article about living with coyotes. The following article was originally posted on the Arnold Arboretum's website and is being republished on Jamaica Plain News with permission from the arboretum. Eastern coyote sightings in Boston parks and neighborhoods often make news headlines during the winter.
This past weekend, I was walking my 13-pound elderly cock-a-poo, midday, when at the corner of Greenough Ave and Elm St, a car pulled up to me and a woman leaned out, pointing, and said "Is that a coyote?" I spun around to see, not 20 feet from me, at eye-level because the yard is elevated, a large and healthy coyote. The coyote was large, long and slender, but not thin, and it was looking straight at me! I scooped up my little dog and asked if I could get into their car, which I was about to do, when the coyote loped off in the direction of Sedgwick Street. I thanked them profusely and ran home.
You're probably vaguely aware you share your neighborhood with coyotes. But have you heard them call? Forest Hills' Ken Pope did on a recent walk. Pope said he was walking on a footpath near Forest Hills Station about 7 p.m. when he heard the call. The longtime resident posted on a neighborhood Facebook group that he recognized the sound from when he used to live in Los Angeles.
Hello neighbors. Here's your Morning Memo for Monday, Sept. 22. Coyote Sightings: Of course you already know JP is home to coyotes. But on Friday, a resident reported one lounging on an Arborway porch, according to Universal Hub.