Jim Williams has been watching birds and writing about their antics since before "Gilligan's Island" went into reruns. Join him for his unique insights, his everyday adventures and an open conversation about the birds in your back yard and beyond.

Coyote? Wolf? Coywolf?

Posted by: Jim Williams under Bird sightings Updated: December 18, 2013 - 11:00 PM

When out with a camera, looking for birds, I watch for mammals among other things. Fall 2012 I took the first photo below in a woods about a mile from our Orono home. Our neighborhood has a pack of coyotes, seen and heard regularly. This animal didn't look like the coyotes I've seen in the same woods, in our yard, or walking down our street. Friends and I have debated whether the canine might be a wolf. Concensus: probably not. The second photo is a coyote seen in New Mexico several years ago.

Coywolf -- that's the subject of an upcoming Nature tv program, coywolf being a recognized coyote/wolf hybrid. The program airs Jan. 22. You can see a preview at

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/meet-the-coywolf/meet-the-coywolf/8605/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=pbsofficial&utm_campaign=nature

Here are my photos, the local canine first, New Mexico second. 

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