Originally Posted by Durangokid
I have never heard that before. Coyotes that breed with dogs may be bigger? In Wyoming we kill over 20,000 of them per year. The state and Federal hunters use planes as does the ranches. Private hunters and trappers take many of them. The SW coyote is small but the Northern and High Plains coyotes are big animals. I had a big male watch'in my place this afternoon from a cotton wood grove about 80 yards out. They are starvin this time of year.
I watched an hour of it on TV, they actually mated w wolves in Ontario Canada. Genetically - well - its a bigger, meaner critter who even changed the way it hunts. This pairing or genetic turbo to evolution created a critter capable of dropping larger game and they now hunt in groups.
Problem: they didn't seem to inherit the wolves fear of man. The one waiting 80 yds out was probably patiently waiting for you to let the dog or cat out for a late lunch or dinner. I believe coyotes have the distinction of attacking man in all 50 states. Like a Dr. Suess Nightmare via green eggs n ham - well, let's just say they like them and leave it at that.
The poor young singer made a fatal mistake - they believe she ran and that activated the predator-prey response. Three male teenagers tried to help but a single male refused to give up the body and defended it for about 30 minutes. All were amazed by how fearless the animal was. Wolves do not behave this way.