An eery howl in the night signaling that a coyote is around is common for those who camp in the woods. It is also becoming much more common in urban centres like Chicago and Toronto where a new breed, the coywolf, is on the prowl.
Residents of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon have had their night sleep repeatedly interrupted by eerie screeches, shrieks. The sounds come from a marshy area. The rumor is spreading among the residents that there is a Bigfoot in the swamp.
Although coyotes or prairie wolves are known to live and breed in cities, they are rarely seen on the streets of Toronto. However, such encounters are possible, and I came almost nose-to-nose with one.
Downtown Chicago is not known for its wildlife. However, Monday morning witnesses observed what appears to be a coyote walking down State Street. State street is a major thoroughfare that runs straight through the downtown area.
At least one coyote has been sighted along the Thames River in north London, near the University of Western Ontario campus. Signs have been posted warning those on foot to stay off the riverside trails between dusk and dawn.
City officials have purchased 1,000 hand-held boat horns to help residents scare off coyotes. Code compliance manager Dirk Voss said this week he bought the horns early last month after residents complained that coyotes were killing their pets.