Observations of Coywolves, Canis latrans × lycaon, Crossing Bridges and Using Human Structures on Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Keywords:Coywolf, Eastern Coyote, Canis latrans × lycaon, bridges, buildings, corridors, human structures, movements, urbanized, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
AbstractI directly observed Coywolves (Canis latrans × lycaon; also called Eastern Coyote) successfully crossing over rivers/bays by traveling on paved (i.e., used by vehicles) bridges within their established territories. These data confirm that Coyotes/Coywolves use these narrow corridors in their travels, such as when colonizing new areas. I also report on breeding female, sick, and old Coywolves using human structures, including under overturned boats/canoes, under houses, and under sheds/decks. Breeding females (n = 3) used these sites as dens, and sick (n = 2) and old (n = 2) individuals used them for shelter.
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