Wild Animals/coyote?

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I am having a facebook discussion with several people (none of us experts) regarding this picture I took in Western Massachusetts this week. Is it a coyote? and also do you think Coydogs exist or are they no longer a relevant species?

thanks for your time!

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Hi Kim,

The animal you photographed is clearly a canid, but it does not appear to be a red fox, eastern wolf, or gray fox, therefore lending credence to your suggestion that the animal is a coyote. In New England, there is some interbreeding between wolves and coyotes, but such occurrences are rare and the animal is probably pure coyote.

Best wishes,

Fady

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Fady D. Isho

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I can answer general questions about any and all of the phyla within the kingdom Animalia. I am most knowledgeable on the predatory, reproductive, and intraspecific and interspecific behavior of megafauna, including but not limited to the big cats, ursines, hyenas, canids, and the like. I can also answer some questions about animal conservation, but please do not ask me how to rehabilitate feral animals. Virtually every state in America has a local animal shelter or rehabilitation center that serves that purpose. I would also prefer not to answer questions about hypothetical animal fights.

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I've read about animals for the majority of my life, and have researched and studied them independently and academically.

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I am a few semesters away from obtaining a B.S. in biology.

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