I thought I saw a cat
Posted by: magooch on Nov-25-13 10:22 AM (EST)
While paddling yesterday, I spotted an animal on shore that at first glance, I thought was a mountain lion, because of the way it was crouched and the size and color. That impression only lasted for a few seconds as I was rapidly approaching and could clearly now see that it wasn't a lion, but my second thought was that it was a fox, because I could see a very bushy tail. That thought also only lasted a few more seconds before I was close enough to determine what it really was. It turned out to be a coyote that was at least as big as a German Shepard. And it had no fear of me at all as I paddled to within about thirty feet of it.
Seeing a coyote around here is no big deal, but seeing one this large that was not afraid of a human--albeit a human in a long white floating thing with a stick (paddle)swinging around over its head, makes me have second thoughts about where I might go to shore for a break. This was not in a remote setting, but rather just below a heavily driven interstate highway and mainline railroad with many homes nearby. Makes me wonder if the yotes have been cavorting with some of them wolves that the game department has turned loose.
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The ones that I have seen here ...|
Posted by: Jackl on Nov-25-13 11:09 AM (EST)
in the NC mountains are much larger then the ones we used to see on the west coast.
a puddy tat?|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Nov-25-13 11:21 AM (EST)
Posted by: blitzemall on Nov-26-13 2:55 PM (EST)
Beat me to it!
Posted by: TommyC1 on Nov-25-13 11:39 AM (EST)
I see them sometimes in the swamps and along the coast just north of Boston. Shepard size and build. Those I've encountered are pretty shy though, at least in the daytime.
I have never worried about a single|
Posted by: string on Nov-25-13 11:47 AM (EST)
canine. A pack is a different story.
...in downtown West Roxbury @midnight|
Posted by: bigspencer on Nov-29-13 9:40 PM (EST)
, winter 93'....but a few I've seen in the last decade, up here, along #95 and way up in NW Somerset Co...that are larger. State would rather continue to reap its big profits from its moose lottos than attack a real problem.
Sounds like a "coydog"|
Posted by: Canuka on Nov-25-13 2:14 PM (EST)
As stated above, a cross between coyote and dog. I've heard reports that they are pretty fearless here in Texas. A rancher told me he was scared sh---less by a pack running toward him that was utterly unafraid of him, even though he was shooting at them with a rifle! They finally fled, but it took several shots and one of them getting hit before they decided they better git. Beware!
I saw that movie|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Nov-25-13 3:07 PM (EST)
Posted by: Canuka on Nov-25-13 5:19 PM (EST)
These canines ain't coy. I can tell you that much.
I've seen coyote quite a bit..|
Posted by: tjalmy on Nov-25-13 10:01 PM (EST)
but once on the Silver River at dawn, I saw the most beautiful coyote I've ever seen. Of course, he trotted off as I reached for my camera.
Posted by: willowleaf on Nov-26-13 10:12 AM (EST)
My uncle lives in upstate New York in a heavily wooded area with frequent coyote sightings. There was a pack of mixed coyotes and feral dogs that used to hunt deer in his lower meadow -- the sounds of the hunt were chilling and when you would walk down the next morning all that would be left would be a few scraps of hide and a hoof or two. Very efficient hunters and much needed in this cervid infested region, so my uncle (a lifelong deer hunter) was glad to have them around. His son (my cousin) reported encountering a solo animal during a walk up through a stand of pine on their land -- he said at first he thought it was a wolf because it was huskier and larger than the coyotes they were accustomed to seeing. It froze 30 feet from him and they locked eyes so he had a long time to examine it, deciding it must be a dog-coyote hybrid perhaps a German shepherd mix, due to the coloration and muzzle shape. It eventually broke its gaze and turned and ambled off. He said it was really a handsome animal.
Posted by: willowleaf on Nov-26-13 10:14 AM (EST)
BTW, getting back to cats, the current issue of National Geographic has a article on the range of the cougar/puma/mountain lion in North America that is really interesting. There are confirmed sightings in southeast Connecticut and a large population in urban LA.
Cougars Takin' To the Conn!???|
Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on Nov-26-13 11:05 AM (EST)
There's cougars round the Coast Guard Yard!
Eastern coyotes are larger than western|
Posted by: Celia on Nov-26-13 10:18 AM (EST)
Could have been a coy dog, and I have seen a few walking along the side of the road at night over the years that were absolutely huge and seemed to have Shepherd or Husky markings.
Posted by: willowleaf on Nov-27-13 10:00 AM (EST)
I was wondering if the eastern coyote population is more robust than their western cousins due to more frequent interbreeding with feral dogs. I was surprised that the first inquiry I typed into Google about came up with an article that claims crossbreeds are not as common as we think, even specifically mentioning New York State:
Posted by: paddlecrazy on Nov-28-13 10:35 PM (EST)
Posted by: magooch on Nov-29-13 9:50 AM (EST)
After looking at that picture of the red wolf on Wikipedia, that looks exactly like what I saw. Maybe that is why the animal displayed no fear and didn't quickly exit as every coyote I have ever encountered has done.
Saw a pair of Cougars here in Indiana|
Posted by: sloopsailor on Dec-02-13 4:51 PM (EST)
I was on my sailboat, Brookville Reservoir. It is surrounded by state woods, lots of cover, lots of game food. up in the middle of the night for night head call, I look over about 100 yards to the bank, with the bright moon and the dock light I could clearly see them. they were at the waters edge getting a drink and looking for easy duck/geese/heron for a little snack.