Yesterday Skippy and I went for a walk in Estabrook Woods, a 1200 acre undeveloped tract of land in Concord, MA (about 12 mi from my house). We walked about a mile out on the trail at dusk. Very quiet and beautiful with the snow cover and trees glowing red. I always watch for coyotes, as they are pretty plentiful here now. Even near our house. But I’ve not seen one until now.
Unfortunately, I’m not so calm about wild animals and was not able to get a steady photo with the focus in the right spot. The coyote wasn’t very far off (100 ft). He was a stunning animal. About same size as Skippy (55 lbs), maybe a bit bigger, with a rich thick coat of fur. He looked very well fed and healthy.
After leashing Skippy and taking the photos, I panicked, turned and ran the mile back to my car. Silly. From looking at my second photo, it looks like he ran away from me as fast as I ran from him.