The future of the coyotes that roam forests, cities and suburbs from Newfoundland to Virginia could hinge on the animals becoming the ‘wolves’ of the East Coast.
And humans better get used to them.
Coyotes have lived in the East since the 1930s, and recent genetic tests have shown they are actually a mixture of coyote, wolf and dog.
That’s why Eastern coyotes tend to be bigger than their Western cousins.
And they might be getting increasingly similar to wolves.
I can vouch for that. They’ve got some monster coyotes here in Tennessee, half again the size of the western coyotes I’ve hunted. You can hear them all around the property at night, to the point that I won’t let my dogs out at night unless one of us are outside with them. I can only imagine the size of those fuckers up in New England.
No, I haven’t called any of them up – coyotes are cool unless they’re on your property killing your dogs and chickens. They give this area a fairly wide berth anyways. Kendall has a couple donkeys on the property behind us and donkeys hate coyotes. They’ll attack and kill a coyote in a heartbeat.