Coyote sighting

This photo of a coyote was taken in the backyard of a home on Cali Drive. The Shelton resident was surprised by the size of the coyote.

According to the state DEEP, eastern coyotes are generally larger in size than their western counterparts. Recent genetic research has attributed the eastern coyote's larger size to interbreeding with Canadian gray wolves. You can tell a coyote apart from a wolf, by a coyote’s bushy tail, which is holds low to the ground.

The chance of coyotes attacking people is extremely low, according to the state DEEP. This risk can increase if coyotes are intentionally fed and then learn to associate people with food. Coyotes will attack and kill pets, especially small cats and dogs. The best way to protect pets it to not allow them to run free, particularly at night. For more information visit