Coyote or Coywolf?

In an attempt to head off the doom of September that I had last year I have decided to be a bit more proactive on the Friend front. There are some lovely people out there but holding them at arms left just in case they turn out to be utter b*tches is probably not the best idea.  So Thursday night I sent a message to a school mum and fellow expat on FB suggesting I meet her when she walks her dog in the morning and as fate would have it it turned out to be a great idea.

We were walking my usual route along the lake shore when a couple stopped us to say they had seen a coyote in the bushes and to be careful as my friends dog was off the leash.  So we decided to investigate, at a safe distance of course!  I could have kicked myself that I didn’t have my camera with me but thank Apple for Iphones :-D

I managed to get these few shots, not the best pics admittedly but still you can see them clear enough.  What was pretty surprising was not only their boldness, coyotes are generally fearful of humans and pretty reclusive especially in broad daylight but also the sheer size of them, these two were the size of a German Shepherd.  This has lead to speculation (by people that know far more than me) that they are in fact Coywolves, a growing population of coyote-wolf hybrids discovered in these parts a few years ago.

I was so excited to see them and, whatever they are, it is both amazing and scary that these predators are roaming around my neighbourhood.

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