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.
Make loud noises by yelling or by banging things together.
Back away slowly while facing the coyote if it doesn't run away. Don't turn your back or run away.
Fight back if the coyote attacks you
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.