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Eastern Coyotes

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Coyotes in Quincy

Eastern coyotes live in 49 of the 50 U.S. states, Massachusetts included, and they live just about everywhere in those states. It’s not surprising then that eastern coyotes are found throughout Quincy. What may be surprising is that coyote packs are small (about four animals per pack), and their territory is large (usually about 10 sq. miles). That means that the coyote you see in the Hough’s Neck section of the city may very well be the same one you see in West Quincy or even Boston.

Eastern coyotes are larger than their western counterparts, and there appears to be a good reason for this. According to Jonathan Way, a wildlife researcher that studies eastern coyotes, the animal is actually a hybrid of coyote and wolf. Around the turn of the century in northern New England and southern Canada, eastern/red wolves, which used to inhabit this area, bred with coyotes. This hybrid animal is the animal we see today, and it is likely that in the near future we will call them “coywolves” rather than eastern coyotes. For more information, visit Way's website: www.easterncoyoteresearch.com

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This instruction is idiotic: "4. Cats should be kept indoors unless trained to remain at home." First of all, dogs can be trained and cats can't. Even if your dog, cat or small child is "trained" to stay on your front step, none of them is safe from a coywolf. Secondly, why do people think of cats as disposable? If you think a defenseless cat is all right outdoors then you are not responsible to own a cat or to write this article. Later on you say don't let your cat out, but your first comment is too stupid for words.

I live in Milton, a half a mile from 93. In December 2014 coywolves killed a neighbor's dog, snatched a cat from the feet of its owner, had it for breakfast and have killed deer in the woods. I believe they add to the mystique of this incredibly beautiful place in which we live, but I am so very tired of seeing signs for missing cats! Please change this article or take it down.

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I've removed the instructional material taken from Way's website.

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I live out in Wyoming, MI and we have had problems with them taking peoples pets. Even my grandmothers cat got snatched by one. I also noticed they are not scared of people around here, they will walk past and even walk within 20 yards or closer to people. I've experienced this first hand because I'm put walking alot at night. I managed to take out 2 of them and they are confirmed coywolves, but still alot are around.

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This instruction is idiotic: "4. Cats should be kept indoors unless trained to remain at home." First of all, dogs can be trained and cats can't. Even if your dog, cat or small child is "trained" to stay on your front step, none of them is safe from a coywolf. Secondly, why do people think of cats as disposable? If you think a defenseless cat is all right outdoors then you are not responsible to own a cat or to write this article. Later on you say don't let your cat out, but your first comment is too stupid for words.

I live in Milton, a half a mile from 93. In December 2014 coywolves killed a neighbor's dog, snatched a cat from the feet of its owner, had it for breakfast and have killed deer in the woods. I believe they add to the mystique of this incredibly beautiful place in which we live, but I am so very tired of seeing signs for missing cats! Please change this article or take it down.

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I've removed the instructional material taken from Way's website.

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I live out in Wyoming, MI and we have had problems with them taking peoples pets. Even my grandmothers cat got snatched by one. I also noticed they are not scared of people around here, they will walk past and even walk within 20 yards or closer to people. I've experienced this first hand because I'm put walking alot at night. I managed to take out 2 of them and they are confirmed coywolves, but still alot are around.

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