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.