Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
BIG COYOTE New York State Record
WOW! How many deer do you figure this guy took down?
N.Y.S. D.E.C. game commission officer Bob Doe confirmed that this was indeed a new New York state record coyote. Its official weight was
Origins: Like many Internet-circulated photos of unusually large animals, this item is a real picture accompanied by somewhat garbled details.
According to officials with New York's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the canine pictured above is not a coyote but a male wolf-dog hybrid, it was shot and killed in Pennsylvania (not New York), and it weighed somewhere between
The animal's neutered state indicates that it was probably being kept as a pet but escaped or was released by its owner. Wolf-dog hybrids are illegal to possess as pets in New York state.
Last updated: 17 March 2004
Pitarresi, John. "'Record Coyote' Had Us Fooled Last Week." [Utica] Observer-Dispatch. 9 February 2004.