Last weekend, I set up the game camera, and I dumped out a few cans of sardines and spread the oil out in front of it.
This is what I got when I collected the SD card this evening.
An eastern coyote!
If you zoom in you can see it has a wolfy head, and it’s pretty robust. It’s been living high on the hog on dimwitted cottontails this summer.
Look at how wolfy that head is!
Eastern coyotes have come into this part of the East from Canada, where they have received a bit of Canis lupus lycaon genes, and they are a bit more likely to pack up and hunt deer than their Western counterparts.
If you are wondering how big it is, I do have a photo of Miley in about the same place, which was also taken from the game cam. Miley is bigger than it is.
But it’s not a small coyote.
I think the coyote is in about the same spot as Miley, but it could be a bit closer to the camera than she is. Miley is 23 inches at the shoulder and 75ish pounds. Domestic dogs are usually much more heavily built than coyotes are–even those that have a bit of wolf in them.
I was trying to get more photos of raccoons, but I think I’ll settle for a coyote.