Coyotes

coyote walking © USFWS
coyote walking © USFWS

Coyotes are resourceful creatures who have successfully adapted to areas altered by people. They are able to survive in the forests and fields of rural Massachusetts, as well as the suburbs of Boston. Learn More

Coyotes are wary animals who will avoid people at all costs. The increased coyote sightings in suburbia have created concerns about peoples' safety in their backyards. Coyote attacks on humans are rare in Massachusetts. During the last 60 years, there have been less than 10. Find out what to do if you encounter a coyote.

Since the 1920s, when the first eastern coyotes appeared in forests in New York, there has been confusion about their ancestry. Because it is 20 to 30 percent larger than the western coyote, people believed it to be a cross between a coyote and a dog, giving it the name "coydog." Even though coyotes and dogs have been known to interbreed both in the wild and in captivity, mortality in the offspring is high and they likely could not evolve into the resilient canids now known as eastern coyotes. Learn More