BREAKING: COYOTE ALERT

The coyote was trotting down Bass Ave in the direction of Good Harbor Beach. It paused briefly at the garden at the corner of Bass Ave and Brightside and then proceeded to jaunt up Brightside before ducking into a yard.

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  • Linda Carpenter

    That looks more like a true coyote than the bigger coywolves we have seen in Brier Neck – the other end of Good Harbor.

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    • Maybe they are shedding their winter coat. Looks pretty normal to me. Also, I don’t see how this is “Breaking”. It’s just a coyote walking down the street. Geesh.

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    • Linda, all coyotes are the species Canis latrans. The coyotes in the east are sometimes referred to as Canis latrans var.

      Coyotes range in size depending on how much coyote-domestic dog-wolf DNA, as well as climate conditions. Coyotes that have migrated to the east coast have heavier, thicker coats than coyotes that are migrating southward. I have seen both large and small coyotes in our area, but they are always moving. I am not sure if we are seeing males vs females, young versus old, winter coat vs summer coat. Another possibility is that wolves have been known to escape from Wolf Hollow. Coyotes would prefer to breed with one of their own kind and that is why as they are becoming more populous, the percentage of wolf and dog DNA is lessening. That however does not take into account that a wolf roaming alone, with few to no females available, might breed with a coyote.

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  • There are so many reasons they are prevalent now there! When your hungry or there is easy food it will draw them adaptable to surroundings. Remember we had little restrictions on dogs that way lease laws also early years of my life there 1950-1960’s…Dogs did roam pretty freely in cape Ann when I was growing up did have to get shots and dog-tags. There are two side to this story be extra careful and work together on this one… Dave

    http://www.indians.org/articles/coyote-facts.html

    Coyote Facts

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    Discover Coyote facts that you probably haven’t heard before.

    The coyote has been given a bad rap for years, thanks to stories handed down of them mauling humans. And let’s not forget Wile E. Coyote of Looney Tunes fame!

    The truth of the matter is that humans should foot most of the blame for the coyote’s bad rap. The coyote facts are this: Humans have been encroaching on the territory of the coyote for years. And when we humans destroy the very land in which they live and hunt, we are taking away their livelihoods.

    Coyote facts show that they are part of the same family as dogs. They can be found in places like Alaska all the way down into Mexico and Central America. Because of the human element, they have had to constantly adapt to changing conditions in their land.

    It is important to note in your coyote facts that you should never feed or leave food for coyotes. This behavior will bring them closer than ever to our territory and increases the potential for injuries when coyotes encounter humans

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  • just sitting in my car, in the driveway , facing the road , finishing a cigarette as coyote casually saunters past , walking right in the middle of the road (washington street, near goose cove) .. then stops, turns, and disappears into a yard across the street . wonder what kind of cigarette this is

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  • It would be great to have a study done to see how many coyotes actually live in Gloucester and to better understand how and where they live. I’ve seen packs roaming, watched groups playing in the snow and most incredibly witnessed an adult training their young pups to hunt at the water edge.

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    • That would be amazing to see Karen! I would love to see a study done as well. I learned at the city held coyote presentation though that it is illegal to tag or attach a gps to a coyote. 😦

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