Coyote Capture

Today was the third day in a row that I have spotted a coyote at high noon. Three different North Shore towns, three sightings. This time I had my camera with me and it was easily accessible. In the new literature on living with coyotes that I have been reading, there is a great deal of misinformation. The first myth that should be dispelled is that they are nocturnal!

If you spot a coyote and manage to capture a photo of it, send in the snapshot and we will post it here. Email to

Coyote Massachusetts,canis latrans ©Kim Smith 2014Coyote (Canis latrans)

The three locations are: Tregony Bow, Rockport; Grapevine Road, Hamilton; and  Mt. Pleasant Street, Gloucester.


  • Coyotes are living among us. There is no myth there. We hear them often at night so we set up a motion camera at night a few years ago and found that the pack was made of at least seven individuals. We live off Washington St by the Mills. Coyotes living in neighborhoods is not anything new.


  • I saw one that looked just like this running across a marsh in Essex, near Island Road on Tuesday morning around 9 am. I wish I had my camera with me too.


  • We walk our pup at Myopia in Wenham and are often told by passersby that coyotes are there and in surrounding towns in full force…recently taking down a large buck! They say as bad as it is there, they hear it is far worse on Cape Ann. Coyotes may have been around for a while, but taking out so many pets? Everywhere? I did not grow up fearing for my pets, or for myself while walking them (my neighbor and her dog were chased down Washington St. recently by one) – that is new to my experience and to dozens of others I have met. Thank you, Kim, for all of your posts!


    • Thank you Jenna for writing. I feel as do you, that this is a new problem and it is clearly growing exponentially. The coyotes on Cape Ann seem increasingly emboldened around people and my greatest concern is for small children and pets.


      • Kim I forgot to mention that a coyote sauntered past me on a sidewalk while I was getting into my car near the post office and library. I thought it could be a dog but my passenger swore it was a coyote, so we followed it in my car. It passed many people on the sidewalk and they and it barely notice one another (most were on their phones)…and then it slipped into a backyard. I wasn’t sure until I saw your picture above that it was a coyote, but now I know!


        • I know exactly what you mean. When I at first saw the coyote on the field in Hamilton, I thought for a brief second it was a very long-legged German shepherd–you do sort of a double take. I quickly realized it was not, because of its coloring and tail shape. The Rockport and Gloucester sightings were much , much closer encounters and I knew immediately.


  • Beautiful animal. I saw this article today on I’ve heard several similar arguments recently regarding the importance of larger predators. I hope people take note and educate themselves about living with such creatures.


  • Excllent Kim and using this to keep folks informed of this issue while walking dogs and out exploring awareness is vital for all…There are some other hits in the link below for your use also!
    Juding by this picture they are not too afraid of humans much either hear the click of camera orother senses which are very good – hence checking you out – They are coming out of the woods to find food for a reason – They are gettting bold nation wide!! A coyote’s sense of hearing, sight, and smell are well developed. Coyotes normally run as fast as 25 to 30 miles an hour, but can run 35 to 40 miles an hour when pursued. They are also strong swimmers.
    Thanks 🙂


  • Thanks for the infor. about them not being nocturnal, didn’t know that. Sad a large one was hit on Washington and Derby the other day, cars and coyotes don’t mix.


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