BRIDGEWATER, Conn. (WTNH)- Fox hunting is a tradition in Connecticut, where hunters wear ties and blazers, and shout “Tally ho!” but it’s now hanging dramatically, foxes are now being replaced by coyotes.
The change makes things more difficult for hunters, because coyotes are bigger and stronger than foxes, and they roam further than foxes.
“What the coyote has done,” said Dennis Foster, executive director of the Virginia-based Masters of Foxhounds Association, “is made it more difficult because the fox didn’t run into other areas.”
Club members at Fairfield County Hounds, a hunting club in Bridgewater have mixed feeling about coyotes.
“When you do find one, the chase is so fast you’ve really go to hang on,” said Mary Huribal, of Easton.
Last week, hunters took to the woods with 18 American foxhounds, to chase coyotes. They say they followed a scent, and chased the wild animals, but after three hours still hadn’t caught any.
Coyotes have been in Connecticut since the beginning of the last century.