I'm told the Coyote here where I live is actually a Coy-Wolf-Dog. It's a hybrid that emerged from probably North Eastern North America sometime in the 1930's. It's a little over two foot at the shoulder, and can weigh over fifty pounds. And unlike the Western Coyote whose pups learn to fight each other first, the Coy-Wolf-Dog pups are playful. Apparently.
And when they are all fluffed up and well fed from the Deer Hunting Season, and
they are staring at you as you go about your business, they can look about the
size of a really, really clever Rhino whose wondering whether you're going to
throw a ball for it to chase. Indeed the less you know about the local
Coy-Wolf-Dog the easier it is to walk around in the early hour.