This large canine was captured on a trail camera in Ohio in the fall of 2014.

Coy Wolf spotted in Ohioans’ backyard

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/.

70 comments

  1. Whose stupid idea was it to reintroduce coyotes and bobcats to a populated area and who will stand and be responsible when one of our children are killed. I am 65 and have roamed the woods in this area my entire life without fear. not true any longer. How many have lost pets due to this insanity? Why are these not voted into or out of occurrence by a democratic process by the people who live in the area

    • It was no one’s idea these are very very adaptable animals. They choose to live whereever they want. They pretty much find new territory every breeding season females depart with their pups who find more territory. Their expansion into rual areas was inevitable like wise there expansion into urban areas was bound to happen. No one had anything to do with it except the animals themselves.

  2. I’ve seen usually large dark colored coyote like animals in rural licking county. I’m the early 90s after Dances With Wolves was released, it was popular to own wold hybrids. I had one. I would never have another as I was always afraid she would kill my neighbors sheep. But many people I knew had them then. It makes me wonder if some of the pet wolf hybrids escaped their owners and bred with coyotes. It would explain the size and color i’ve of some of the animals I’ve encountered.

  3. I’ve seen usually large dark colored coyote like animals in rural licking county. In the early 90s after Dances With Wolves was released, it was popular to own wolf hybrids. I had one. I would never have another as I was always afraid she would kill my neighbors sheep. But many people I knew had them then. It makes me wonder if some of the pet wolf hybrids escaped their owners and bred with coyotes. It would explain the size and color of some of the animals I’ve encountered.

  4. A friend of mine spotted one recently in the middle of the parking lot near his house. Animal control was called & all they said was keep your small pets locked up..

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