On Christmas Eve day, we had the first confirmed sighting of a coyote in our yard. Unfortunately, I couldn't get my camera out in time, so this picture was copied from the City of Eagan's website (Eagan is a suburb of St. Paul).
Spouse and I both thought we had seen coyotes in early December, but neither of us was sure. About a month ago, Spouse said he thought he saw a coyote while walking the dog, but it ran away quickly and he wasn't sure. Then about a week after that, I saw what I thought was a coyote running across the icy pond, but it was dusk, the lighting was poor, and I couldn't tell if it was a coyote or a fox.
But on Monday, the coyote decided to run across the yard and pond in full daylight with eight people watching. I've seen mangy brown coyotes in Phoenix, but this Minnesota coyote looked a bit different. The animal we saw on Monday had a very fluffy coat, mottled gray and black, with a white bib down the neck and chest. In fact, he looked a bit like a wolf but according to a January, 2007 posting at the US Fish and Wildlife Services website, the gray wolf's territory stops just north of the Twin Cities. Whew.
Photo from the City of Eagan website.