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.
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.
People are seeing are larger and bolder coyotes which are coyote/wolf hybrids known as Coywolves on Cape Cod.
The following trail cam photo was taken on 1/5/2015 in South Dennis, MA.