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  1. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by Beetlenut View Post
    There have been reports in South West RI about mountain lion sightings, and several horses have been killed by "something big". Vets in the area think it was done by a large cat, but the DEM does not want to acknowledge that because they would have to spend money on it!
    A mountain lion is the only animal capable of bringing down a horse. Coyotes may nip at their legs, but this usually is due to a bleeding injury the horse already had.

    Are there any news articles or public meeting memos about this?


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    Coyotes

    I too live neard suffield and at the bottom of the montain at 168 saw a run over coyote that was like the size of a small geman shepard. They are fluffier though depending on the time of year so i can totaly see the upper weight limit but according to a book I have read the upward range of weight is 60 pounds or so. Mountain lions i will believe when people start running them over. I commute through the barkahamsted resevoir area about as wild an area as you will find in lower new engl;and and have seen everything alive on that road and in most cases flat and have yet to see anything resembling a big cat.
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  3. #33
    Quote Originally Posted by skizilla View Post
    I commute through the barkahamsted resevoir area about as wild an area as you will find in lower new engl;and and have seen everything alive on that road and in most cases flat and have yet to see anything resembling a big cat.
    That's what I said about the tooth fairy!

    Any black bears as road kill along 168?

    The weird thing is that many of the returning wild animals have become very adapted to the human population. For example, black bears will occasionally shack out under a backyard deck for hybernation and coyotes don't care where they end up. So just because an area is for wilderness-like doesn't mean that all of the animals are naturally attracted to that spot.

    Check out this link: http://farshores.org/c_mlion2.htm
    Last edited by Connecticut; May 10, 2009 at 6:08 PM. Reason: adding link

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    ....Food supply not used to coyote addition..

    Yep,
    The two coyotes I've seen in the last six years have been a bit bigger and fatter than any images of western coyotes. They'll also mate with dogs that are loose, roaming in woodlands. Coydogs are supposed to be the ultra-mean...
    Hope coyote hunters have been having good luck. Hate the damn things....disruptive to natural NE food chain.
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  5. #35
    Quote Originally Posted by bigbog View Post
    Yep,
    They'll also mate with dogs that are loose, roaming in woodlands. Coydogs are supposed to be the ultra-mean...
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    Oh man, I didn't know that. Hmmm, I wonder what a coyote would look like if it mated with a pitbull or a poodle - or a great dane! Better yet, a weiner dog!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connecticut View Post
    Oh man, I didn't know that. Hmmm, I wonder what a coyote would look like if it mated with a pitbull or a poodle - or a great dane! Better yet, a weiner dog!
    Actually coydogs were thought to be the reason why the Coyote is now larger than it was last century. Through DNA analysis they found out that Coyotes have been bread with wolves. the 150 lb Wolves are just a tad too big to live in well populated areas. The new coyote with wolf blood line at 50 to 70 lbs is perfect for living in around people with the ability to kill deer, rabbits, house cats, domestic dogs, etc. I hear the coyotes up on the mountain in back of my house about once a month. I live in West Hurley near Woodstock, NY. The dear are now bedding down at night near the houses. Fortunately, the coyotes don't come down to hunt dear in between the houses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catskills View Post
    Through DNA analysis they found out that Coyotes have been bread with wolves.

    I'm learning a lot about coyotes. This would explain the pretty damn big coyote that I saw (either wolf or dog mix). Is the wolf-bread human introduced or natural?

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    ...most probably...

    Could probably add...overly well-fed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MR. evil View Post
    How big do coyote's get?

    A couple of months ago I was driving thru Suffield CT on my way to work. I was in pretty woodsy near the Metacomet trail, and area where my wife and I always see deer and wild Turkeys frequently. Almost every morning. I was at an intersection and what appeared to be a very large dog crossed to road very slowly. It was about the size of a large german sheapard and had a redish color furr. I would estimate it was about 100lbs to 120 lbs. The way it looked, its size and the way it moved had me thinking it was a wolf for bit. I assumed it was a coyote. But I didn't think they got that big. I can say with certainty that it was not a domestic dog.
    Sounds like it was a big coyote. They are hairy..and get stragly and I think appear bigger than they are. I saw one that, at first glance, looked just like a german shepard as well. I was driving in my car right around the corner from my house..when I saw it I stopped...and made eye contact with it and it stared me down for a while, before calmly turning and walking into the woods.

  10. #40
    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
    Bobcats. Not mountain lions.
    +1

    We have a coyote den in the woods near us. I keep trying to encourage the family cockapoo to go play with them. I think they would get along famously! After all, they are both canines! My wife is aghast.
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