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Old 10-06-2019, 01:04 PM
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Hi there,

Didn't really know which category to post this question in, but anyway here it goes, I live in an area that I thought didn't have wolves of any kind in the area, at least for not a long ways away. Well the other night my neighbor was driving on our road just in front of my house, and said she saw a wolf. Well the next day I checked my trail cam and saw this picture linked below. Not sure what kind of wolf it is and why he's on his own. But any answers would be much appreciated. Oh I live in the Lanark Ontario area.

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Old 10-06-2019, 02:42 PM
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Coyote, lots of them in CA!
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Old 10-06-2019, 03:28 PM
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I agree with the above statement.. 100% coyote..
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Old 10-06-2019, 04:10 PM
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I think so too, I seen some very large coyotes over the yrs, and that pic isn;'t the best to ID things either, IMO
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Old 10-07-2019, 12:01 AM
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Size if the Canis and the shape of the muzzle, Yotes have a more Fox like muzzle. Not impossible it is a Wolf, I spotted a Wolf not a mile from my house. Supposedly 3-400 miles from any known Wolf packs. I didn't get a picture but did get some scat. The scat tested positive Wolf. It made the Papers here. They postulated it may have escaped from a nearby Zoo game park. The Wolves from the park are a lot lighter in color than what I saw.

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Old 10-07-2019, 01:27 AM
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See that dark spot on the tail? That spot is a gland mark that is visible on a lot of coyotes. I am not from his area but I would still say itís a coyote. Those are cinder blocks that itís beside which are not that tall. If itís a wolve it surely is not very big.
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Old 10-07-2019, 01:54 AM
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The legs aren't long enough to be a wolf. Definately coyote.
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Old 10-07-2019, 03:02 AM
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I have seen a dead 70 pound male coyote here in Vt. A wolf is a lot bigger than that. I have seen hundreds of them in the wild and only 1 wolf on a deer hunt to northern Ontario and it was huge as compared to a yote.
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Old 10-07-2019, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Phil from Maine View Post
See that dark spot on the tail? That spot is a gland mark that is visible on a lot of coyotes. I am not from his area but I would still say itís a coyote. Those are cinder blocks that itís beside which are not that tall. If itís a wolve it surely is not very big.
Wolves can also have a precaudal scent gland marked with dark hair. Honestly, I don't think there is anyway to know for sure based on that pic. Young wolves can look just like coyotes. And the two species (and domestic dogs) can interbreed.
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Old 10-07-2019, 12:36 PM
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Many of our Vermont coyotes have wolf DNA as reported by our Fish and Wildlife Dept but we don't have any resident wolves.
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