Collingwood Coyotes July 30th, 2011
We saw 3 Coyotes just this morning! We have a small farm outside of Collingwood, Ontario with a 1/2 mile track at the back of the property.
We have a small population of Coyotes living in the centre of the track. Our Coyotes are not shy and in fact we see them almost daily when we walk the track with our dog (on a leash with bells on her collar and a flashing LED light).
We have had two occasions where a Coyote came right up to us and tried to lure our dog, an Australian Shepherd, away and once a Coyote managed to grab her by the throat before we were able to scare him off.
Not only are the Coyotes not shy, but they follow us around the track and often come within a couple of feet of us.
Most are within the 35 -40 lb. range, but there is one very handsome fellow who is much larger and almost looks like he is half Wolf.
We are trying to find a way to live in harmony with our new land mates, but in our experience they can be quite aggressive so we do have concerns for our dog, cat and horses.
Any suggestions?Maybe one of our readers might have suggestions for you, meanwhile just continue to exercise caution when you are outdoors with your animals.
By the way, you may be right - there have been reports of Wolf-Coyote hybrids in Ontario - Coyotes with a sprinkling of Red Wolf genes!
You may find this article interesting Scientific American