Fairfax County

No report was received from the Animal Control Division of the Fairfax County Police Department. For information, call 703-246-2253.

Fairfax City

The following were among animal cases received recently by the Animal Control Section of the Fairfax City Police Department. For more information, call 703-385-7924 or visit the Web site www.ci.fairfax.va.us and click on "Police" in the right-hand column.

'Coyote' Sighting a Howler

Norman Ave., 10700 block, Dec. 23. A woman reported a coyote in her back yard. An animal control officer found a fox -- which was not acting in a threatening or unusual manner -- and left it on its own.

Dog Jumps Fence, Returns Home

Sager Avenue and Barbour Drive, Dec. 20. A person reported seeing a stray German shepherd-Lab mix that appeared to be injured. An animal control officer unsuccessfully searched for it. A short time later, a woman visiting family called to report that she had let her grandson's dog outside and that the pet, which matched the description of the stray, had jumped a fence. The uninjured dog eventually returned home.

Woman Frightened; Opossum, Too

University Dr., 3700 block, Dec 19. A woman reported that she was frightened by "some type of animal" on top of her fence. An animal control officer found an opossum that was frightened, too, removed it and released it elsewhere.

-- Compiled by Sarah Mark