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Coyote

Canis latrans

Description:

Tan and grey with big ears, watching some chickens.

Habitat:

Pasture at the edge of town with chickens. Russian River about 1 mile.

Notes:

It started showing up after people started raising chickens out there. It was watching us while we watched it.

1 Species ID Suggestions

coyote
Canis latrans Gray fox


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10 Comments

BenjaminKabel
BenjaminKabel 7 years ago

I think young coyote fits real nice.

Jeff Dreier
Jeff Dreier 7 years ago

It certainly looks youthful. I used to do some kit fox surveys in the East Bay. These were spotlight surveys where we were looking for eyeshine. If we saw something, we would point all the lights at it to figure out the species. At a distance, at night, in tall grass, it was mighty difficult to tell young coyotes from kit fox.

AnnetteLeroux
AnnetteLeroux 7 years ago

Okay, after looking at some images of both, how about young coyote?

AnnetteLeroux
AnnetteLeroux 7 years ago

It was standing when I first was watching. It seems smaller than a coyote and has a big tail too. I'm not an expert though.

AnnetteLeroux
AnnetteLeroux 7 years ago

I think you guys are wrong. Check this out. http://www.arkive.org/grey-fox/urocyon-c... Same animal

JeffreyDuby
JeffreyDuby 7 years ago

Coyote no doubt

Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 7 years ago

Cant really help with ID on this one, but great spot indeed!

Jeff Dreier
Jeff Dreier 7 years ago

I agree with Benjamin

BenjaminKabel
BenjaminKabel 7 years ago

I'm not sold that you've spotted a grey fox here. It looks too big to be a fox, and is also out hunting in the daytime, something grey foxes aren't exactly known for. It bears a lot more resemblance to a coyote, or perhaps a feral dog of some kind.

Jeff Dreier
Jeff Dreier 7 years ago

I am leaning toward coyote due to the longer snout, and lack of dark markings on the face. Most of my references show these black or otherwise dark markings. I wish we could reference field guides on this site. What do you think?

AnnetteLeroux
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AnnetteLeroux

California, USA

Spotted on Jun 24, 2013
Submitted on Jun 24, 2013

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