Large Grey Coyote or Coywolf Sighting

I received the following from a reader regarding “a large grey coyote” spotted in a Mashpee neighborhood:

Two of my neighbors have reported seeing a very large, grey coyote or wolf on my front lawn. One sighting last night at 6:30PM and one this morning around 6:00 AM. They both said the animal was very calm, stared them down but neither ran nor came at them – just sat in the middle of my berm looking at them. I have seen coyotes around here before as our neighborhood is between two marshy, undeveloped areas which may be hunting areas for them. This animal apparently is quite different since both neighbors were quite startled by it. I am in Mashpee, near Monomoscoy Island. Was wondering if you have heard of any other sightings around here.

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I have not heard of any “grey” coyote sightings in that area. However, some Cape Cod coyotes have darker fur and appear to be grey at night. There was also a report last Spring of a “mutated” coyote in the Sandwich area.

See also the comment left by Joe back in 2012 in reference to another post, where he said he saw a grey wolf-like coyote in Wellfleet.

People are seeing are larger and bolder coyotes which are coyote/wolf hybrids known as Coywolves on Cape Cod.

Update

The following trail cam photo was taken on 1/5/2015 in South Dennis, MA.

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Cape Cod CoyWolf. Non-typical, dark gray fur, squared dog/wolf-like muzzle, large nose.

 


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Large Grey Coyote or Coywolf Sighting — 9 Comments

  1. I saw what looked like a wolf this morning at 6:20 a.m in Bourne near the Bourne Library. This caused me to search online to see if there are wolves in the area. This is when I came upon this entry on your website. I had just finished telling my co-worker that the animal was too big to be a coyote and did not seemed frightened at all. He trotted out in front of my head lights and crossed the street in no big hurry. I stopped my car to get a better look at him and he “stared me down” just like described here!! Then he just walked away into the dark and I could no longer see him. Just thought I share since the sighting seems so similar.

  2. Last Frday I was driving through Brewster center at about 1:00 pm. Opposite me, walking along the street I spot a goldish doglike animal, little smaller than Shepard, with long legs, bushy tail. I slowed to a stop as did the driver on opposite side to let the animal cross in front of my car. It ran into a yard. As it crossed in front, I thought that isn’t a dog, it’s a cayote, wild looking female. Any info on a gold-ish color cayote?

  3. At about 5:30 on 6/27/15 I watched a large brownish creature with a very busy tail attack my bird feeder in South Wellfleet It was about 4ft tall when standing on two legs. From the descriptions I’ve read, I believe it was a coy/wolf.

  4. Yesterday at 6:30 I let my Tibetian Terrier out in our fenced in back yard in South Dennis. I heard her stratch to come in. When I went to the door there was another dog standing behind her stairing at me. We have multiple dogs and had only brought one down for the weekend so at first it wasnt so unusual to see another dog out there. Then I realized it was not one of our dogs and my dogs turned around and saw it and started to run towards it growling.
    the dog did not do anyhthing… I called my dog in and miraculously she came in… totally unlike her when she sees another dog. After I got her in I realized it was a coyote. It must have jumped the fence. I feel so grateful that I went out when I did … dont know what would have happened if I hadn’t. It looked about 45-60 lbs. I looked coyote up on my phone and it was a dead ringer…

  5. We were on the Monomoy Tours via catamaran. We approached the Monomoy Preserved land by boat and many of us saw what looked like a light colored coyote run along the dune, then into the brush. Guide said it was a fox. We are agreed, that was no fox!!

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