Update: Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Have You Seen This In Your Backyard?
We recently posted this story about an odd creature spotted in a field.
You won't believe what it is......
Is it a coyote? It appears to be a coyote. Coyotes are often seen in West Alabama. But what is that on the hind end of this particular creature? The backside is odd-looking, to say the least. This predator has a really bushy tail or something. It has been spotted in the Tuscaloosa area.
A Gordo, Alabama friend says she has seen these wild coyotes jump fencing in her backyard. She cautions folks not to leave their dogs in the backyard unattended, especially after dusk. Her little Lucy dog is never allowed outback by herself. A hungry wild coyote predator would consider Lucy a tasty appetizer.
Coyote experts say the population has shifted in the last 50 years. The predators are often spotted in Alabama, including West Alabama and Tuscaloosa.
Coyotes are most active in the early evening hours or moments before sunrise. Due to the increase in coyote populations in Alabama, the state allows night hunting with a permit.
If you happen to see a wild coyote, it is best to leave the critter alone. Also, keep any outside pet food out of the reach of wild coyotes. And do not mistake the wild coyote for a slender stray dog with a bushy tail.
Here's What You Need to Know About Wild Coyotes in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Are Your Pets Safe?
Coyotes have been known to kill cats and dogs, especially those who live outdoors. Coyotes, however, are omnivorous scavengers. They'll eat garbage, vegetation or just about anything to get their stomachs full. Pet attacks are rare, but it's still a good idea to ensure your dog or cat is safe inside at night.
When Are Coyotes on the Prowl?
Coyotes can be seen at any time during the day, but they tend to be most active in the early evening hours or the moments before sunrise. Due to the recent increase in coyote populations in Alabama, the state allows night hunting with a permit.
What Should You Do If You See a Coyote?
When you spot a coyote, it's best to leave the animal alone. Don't encourage them to come closer to you or attempt to lure them in with food. Experts also advise keeping your pet's food outside of the reach of wildlife.
Coyote facts courtesy of Meg Summers...
We found out this was nothing but a decoy to keep geese, ducks, and other animals from ruining the field.