Report: Coywolf at So. Cemetery Near Cider Mill Rd

Coy Wolf On Cider Mill Rd.
Coy Wolf On Cider Mill Rd.

Went for a walk along the back of one of our very historic cemeteries on Cider Mill Rd, South Cemetery.  I saw some movement in Lyle Thorpes field through the trees. 

At first I thought it was a wolf.  It was larger than a coyote and it had the same coloring as a gray wolf.  I took several shots of the animal that I saw. 

Upon review of coyotes in Connecticut, it appears that most of them are a cross between a coyote and a gray wolf.  I would say this was a hybrid coywolf.  Very excited.  Never seen one before.

Here is some advice from Ehow on what you should do if you come into too close a contact with a coyote or coywolf.

  • Raise your arms or hold a jacket or backpack over your head to make yourself look bigger.

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    Make loud noises by yelling or by banging things together.

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  • Back away slowly while facing the coyote if it doesn't run away. Don't turn your back or run away.

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    Fight back if the coyote attacks you

  • Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how_4039_survive-encounter-with.html#ixzz2z49kvtEI\\

    Do not feed these animals, because then they will relate food to humans and become far to familiar with us.  Always be aware that when you see one in your neighborhood, they could come after small cats and dogs so be aware of where your pets are. 

    Attacks on humans by coyotes or coywolves are very small.   We have more dog bites and attacks annually.  Don't fear them because generally they will not bother you, but be cautious and avoid them.

    We are a marvelous ecosystem in Tolland.  We have had bear sightings, moose sightings, bobcat sightings, and we have had some sightings of passing mountain lions, though none have been verified.  We should enjoy our varied wildlife, and learn that we can all live in harmony as long as we give each other the proper space needed. 

    David Gurliacci April 16, 2014 at 11:50 AM
    Thanks for posting this, June!
    nicholas April 16, 2014 at 11:56 AM
    I've been seeing coyotes like this for years behind my house on old stafford rd. I too got a picture. The D.E.E.P. Denies they exist.
    June Mita April 16, 2014 at 12:26 PM
    The D.E.E.P denies a lot of things. As to this hybrid, I am not sure what their organization bases their analysis on. I am not even sure when they actually decided there was a unique breed of coyote in Connecticut. As to mountain lions, I am still hopeful I will be the lucky person that finally gets a photo of one in our state. I have heard them, and a friend of mine had one in her field, but that is another thing that is denied as existing in Connecticut. Of course even photo evidence doesn't seem to be enough.
    Scott Cady April 17, 2014 at 09:32 AM
    The DEP is worried that if we knew the truth about wolves, lions and bears there would be mass hysteria. People would be running down merrow rd screaming. Looting would become a major problem and unfortunately they would forget to put a beanbag load in their revolvers again and drop someone...just like they did the bear behind TMS 2 years ago
    chinamom50 April 20, 2014 at 08:12 AM
    We hear them hunting at night and I live very close to the catholic church. My son has seen a pack of them at night in an open space down behind the art center. Don't let your pets go,out alone.


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