Coyotes in Prince William Forest Park, adjacent to a U.S. Marine base, in Virginia.
Coyotes are usually nocturnal, but more so in developed areas, studies have found.
The Night Life: Many animals are becoming increasingly nocturnal in an effort to avoid humans. Nighttime is a simpler, wilder time. It’s an opportunity to experience the world in a fresh way. Oregon writer Dawn Stover documents the ways biologists and volunteers are observing how animals deal with human encroachment. Many have responded by retreating into the night, waiting until we are asleep—or at least indoors—to go about their business. Remote cameras reveal some surprising patterns of movement, such as the bobcats and coyotes, which are more nocturnal in cities than they are in undeveloped landscapes.
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