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#5645501 - 03/10/15 07:23 PM Huge Coyote
TonyinVA Offline
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I was at my taxidermist yesterday and he showed me this picture of a coyote killed here in VA. He knows the hunter and this individual shot this coyote this year and said it weighed 82 pounds. Apparently he saw this coyote on a railroad track and initially thought it was dog....then two regular sized coyotes joined this one and at that point he shot the first coyote.

My taxidermist's brother traps a lot and has taken a 61 pound coyote but this one is suppose to have weighed 82 pounds according to the hunter. Based on the people involved I know this is not an internet hoax and my taxidermist knows the hunter. The hunter isn't sure whether he is going to mount it or just have the hide tanned.

I thought this was worth sharing.

#5645507 - 03/10/15 07:28 PM Re: Huge Coyote [Re: TonyinVA]
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Wow. Wonder if it was a hybrid with a dog

#5645522 - 03/10/15 07:36 PM Re: Huge Coyote [Re: TonyinVA]
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Big eastern right there!

#5645524 - 03/10/15 07:36 PM Re: Huge Coyote [Re: TonyinVA]
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Too big to be all coyote. That's either a coy-wolf or a coy-dog. Statistically coy-wolf is more common than coy-dog.
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#5645613 - 03/10/15 08:22 PM Re: Huge Coyote [Re: TonyinVA]
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That's a beast

#5645625 - 03/10/15 08:29 PM Re: Huge Coyote [Re: TonyinVA]
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That's huge

#5645749 - 03/10/15 09:32 PM Re: Huge Coyote [Re: JRJ6]
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Originally Posted By: JRJ6
That's huge

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#5645780 - 03/10/15 09:49 PM Re: Huge Coyote [Re: TonyinVA]
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I posted once before, but I'll repeat it again.... the VA Deer Hunters Association published an article claiming that the many of coyotes in the southeast have gray wolf DNA...hence are larger. We never saw coyotes in my area until a few years ago....I've shot 3 but nothing close to the size of this one. Biggest one was maybe 35 pounds. I did have one on my trail camera that I posted that looks pretty big, but not as big as the one in the picture on this post.

They also said that any coyote x dog hybrids would have a tough time surviving since dogs would not tend a den like a coyote so the young would likely not survive.

I know they have red wolves in parts of the Carolinas and my first thought was maybe it's a red wolf because of the coloring. That said, my taxidermist said his brother (the trapper) catches a lot of coyotes this color.

So all I know is that the hunter is holding that coyote pretty close to his body and it looks huge to me.

Edited by TonyinVA (03/10/15 09:50 PM)

#5645826 - 03/10/15 10:17 PM Re: Huge Coyote [Re: TonyinVA]
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#5645848 - 03/10/15 10:26 PM Re: Huge Coyote [Re: TonyinVA]
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From the Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries (VGIF) website .... for VA average weight of a male 35-45 pounds and can weigh up to 60 pounds. On the PA website they list average weight of males at 45-55 pounds. So obviously bigger her in the east and the attribute that to coyote-wolf hybridization. Below is the text from VGIF.

native species of Virginia, and was first observed in the very western
regions of the Commonwealth in the early 1950s.

DESCRIPTION: Coyotes are about the size and weight of a mediumsized
dog. They generally have longer and thicker hair or fur than a dog.
Their long black tipped tail is usually bushy and is pointed downward
rather than outward or upward. The fur of the coyote in Virginia can
vary from blond, light reddish-brown or tan, grayish black, or black
with a small white blaze in the center of the chest. The coyote ears are
pointed and erect, and the snout is relatively long and slender. The
coyote in the eastern United States is typically larger than coyotes in the
western United States. Female coyotes weigh on average 30 – 40
pounds, and male coyotes weigh on average 35 – 45 pounds. Coyotes
can weigh as much as 60 pounds.

#5645859 - 03/10/15 10:43 PM Re: Huge Coyote [Re: TonyinVA]
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#5645866 - 03/10/15 10:46 PM Re: Huge Coyote [Re: Hirogen]
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Originally Posted By: Hirogen
Too big to be all coyote. That's either a coy-wolf or a coy-dog. Statistically coy-wolf is more common than coy-dog.

Agreed. More than likely a wolf cross.

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#5645920 - 03/10/15 11:26 PM Re: Huge Coyote [Re: TonyinVA]
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Man i hope he mounts it that would be a good one

#5645978 - 03/11/15 12:44 AM Re: Huge Coyote [Re: TonyinVA]
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#5645979 - 03/11/15 12:53 AM Re: Huge Coyote [Re: TonyinVA]
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Never thought of having a yote mounted, but pretty sure that one would end up at the taxi up

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