By Kim Lemmon, Ohio’s Country Journal
The Coy Wolf is not a myth or a legend; it is an actual living creature that is a hybrid of the coyote and the wolf. Believe it or not, these creatures exist right here in Ohio.
No, my imagination has gotten away from me, and I didn’t bump my head. Sightings of abnormally large wild canines that are neither dog, wolf nor coyote are being spotted in Ohio.
Coyotes average around 30 pounds, but a friend of mine recently photographed a 60-pound canine on his trail camera on the five acres of property that lie behind his house. Not only did the creature not look like a traditional coyote — it had “a squarer jaw and snout” according to him — but at 60 pounds, it doubled the size of a traditional coyote.
After much debate and a review of evidence, my friend and the wildlife professionals he contacted, believe the monster he photographed is a Coy Wolf.
It is not time to lock up your children and proceed into the woods with a shotgun, but it may be time to take a closer look at your surroundings and keep your young or small livestock better protected if you think you live in territory that could produce a Coy Wolf.
This is the second report (at opposite ends of Ohio) that I have had from friends about spotting unusually large wild canines in photographs from their trail cameras this year.
As I have often professed, no matter what we THINK, we don’t always KNOW what is hiding in the woods of Ohio.
For more on the Coy Wolf, visit http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/10/24/coy-wolf/.