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Unidentified Local Animal


Tell me if you can identify this animal. I saw it this morning as I left the neighborhood and had to grab my camera. I suspect it is a coyote, as they are known to be in the area, but none of us have photographic proof. Just stories like "so and so saw a coyote walking down the middle of her cul de sac last night." And then we'll get a helpful message from the neighborhood e mail list keeper/communicator who say she talked to the Dept. Of Natural Resources who confirms there are coyotes in the area," but they don't attack unless you smell like food so don't send your kid out with a bologna sandwich."

I have seen coyotes running but they look leaner than this. Maybe this one has his winter fur. So, anyone know if this is a coyote or not? It ran of when it saw me and camoflauged into the tree row in the background.

It must be a day for wildlife as I saw a deer jump right out in front of my car and across the road. It was moving too fast for a photo op. But I did have to brake to avoid hitting it.

8 comments:

Shannon said...

Doesn't look like a coyote but rather a big dog ... coyotes tend to be smaller and thin not so furry.

Shannon said...

Here is a picture of a coyote

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coyote

Donna said...

Here's the response from a friend who has wolf mixes:

"Definitely not a coyote. They are much leaner and have much shorter hair. This actually looks like a wolf-hybrid mix or a husky mix. The build is similar to both breeds and the tail is indicative of husky. Of course, most wolf-hybrids are crossed with huskies or like mine, malamutes."

Stephanie said...

I believe that's someone's very fluffy lost dog. Coyotes are usually easy to identify because they have a thin and almost mangy look to them. They also don't have a tail that flips up like your photo.

*Jana* said...

Yep, someone's dog.

Lisa said...

Looks like an Akita to me. Akita = dog. :O)

iseeunow said...

Thats a dog, def not a coyote.

Alex said...

yup its most definitely an Akita, my friend used to have one named Ninja!!! lol they are beautiful beautiful dogs, and have that very distinctive tail, what a beautiful animal