My trail camera caught this guy standing next to a scrape. I know the morning sun "plays" with the camera a bit, but there is something different in his appearance from most of the other coyotes I get on cam. Does he fit the definition of a coydog, I wonder? Hmmmmm.....
Thanks for all the opinions on the trailcam mystery critter I got recently--I appreciate them all--especially yours, Coalman...makes a lot of sense. My hunting buddy's son is a neighbor to a NH Fish & Game biologist and he showed it to him and he said, "It's a coyote." I don't think I could have pulled the trigger on it just on the off-chance that it could be somebody's dog........
I watched a show on Nat Geo Wild about coyotes maybe a month ago. According to the show, a study of the eastern coyote blood samples showed that coyotes from the NE, NY, PA and even MI all had wolf DNA in them. It was a very interesting show.
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I'll probably get blasted for this but, I'm one who believes that no coyote ever bred with a domestic house dog. I don't see it ever happening. Sure, a lot of yotes look different but you'd see a lot of different sizes and colors if they were mating with domestic dogs. I've never seen a domestic dog that didn't posses an innate hatred of coyotes also.
I absolutely believe that today's coyotes are part wolf. Drawing from a lifetime of growing up in NH, as many of you will recall...coyotes were quite rare in the 70's and early 80's. Every once in a while you'd see one or hear of one sighted...and for those who trapped and caught one in a fox set remembers...a 25lb. coyote was a big one. We had tons of red fox back then too, lots more than we have today.
These days, we have coyotes that are pack hunters...which is not classic coyote behavior. They're also much larger. I don't think I've caught or shot one under 35 pounds, some much larger. We shot one while out coon hunting a few years ago (buddy shot it) and it was every bit as large and heavy as our coondogs. On a message board somewhere I recall seeing someone had a yote hanging from a feed scale and it weighted 62 or 64 lbs...don't remember the exact weight.
That's a great photo by the way. Frame worthy for sure...nice hide on that animal too.
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