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February 13, 2013

In Amesbury, big coyote sightings lead to cry of 'wolf'

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There have also been reports of coywolves at Woodsom Farm this past week as well, with one large male leading around a group of four or five smaller animals.

Coywolves have been spotted in other areas of eastern North America too, and a 2009 Toronto Star report described the animals as being highly adaptive with the wolf characteristic of pack hunting and aggression with the coyote characteristic of not being afraid of human environments.

Despite being larger and bolder than western coyotes, the animals are common in Boston-area suburbs and rarely pose any danger to humans. In general, coywolves prefer hunting smaller prey and most accounts of coyotes coming into people’s yards or porches tend to stem from the homeowner leaving food outside for their pets.

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