BRIDGEWATER, Conn. — American fox-hunting is adapting to a dramatic change: Foxes have been displaced across much of the country by coyotes which, in turn, have become the hunters’ new quarry.
At the last fox-hunting club in Connecticut, Bridgewater’s Fairfield County Hounds, it’s been three years since the last fox sighting.
Members say the coyotes are less playful than the foxes, but also much faster and harder to catch.
The bigger, stronger animals pose challenges, because they enter areas where hounds and riders on horseback cannot follow. That is a strain particularly on the few remaining fox-hunting clubs in the densely populated greater New York City area, where encroaching development is leaving hunters with less room to roam.
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