New Yorkers in Rockland County have been alerted to be on the lookout for a coyote-wolf hybrid roaming the area.
More or less “plus-sized coyotes” better known as the Eastern Coyote, “coywolves” are not uncommon if you live outside of the city and suburbs. In fact, the hybrid’s expansion in the Great Lakes Region and surrounding eastern areas is the largest known mammalian expansion zone to date. Most coyotes actually share varying percentages of wolf DNA from cross-breeding, as well as some DNA percentages from domesticated dogs.
However, for folks not used to the sight of even a large dog (While some varieties in other parts of the country are German Shepherd-sized, the coyote-wolf hybrids spotted in the Northeast are usually about the size of a Husky), such a creature -in this case, around 40 to 50 pounds of creature- might be a startling thing to see roaming in the pedicured community of Congers.
“It looks larger than your average coyote,” said Nyack resident Sean McCormack, a plumber who spotted the “coywolf” and caught it on film. “Very scary, yeah, very scary.”
McCormack told CBS New York that he saw the canid stalking a woman taking out her garbage, though it is highly unlikely, given the nature of coyotes to be somewhat skittish, albeit curious, creatures.
Still, the nearby Clarkstown Police Department wouldn’t be doing their jobs if they didn’t warn the public- so they did just that, utilizing social media to put out an alert and urging citizens not to mess with the wildlife.
“Chase them away and make noise (bang pots and pans) if you don’t want them in your yard,” they wrote in a Facebook post. “Of course, if you don’t mind them, then watch them from a window quietly as to not scare them away.”
Clarkstown police added that if the “”coywolf”” is spotted again and acting aggressively, they will take whatever action necessary.
Simply put, coyotes don’t pose much of a threat to anything bigger than them. However, like any other creature in nature, it is best to simply let them be and appreciate them. After all, it’s quite likely your backyard used to be their hunting grounds.