Clanton, Alabama, residents spooked by odd-dog sightings, have discovered that at least one of them was a “coydog” — half coyote, half dog. Animal Control Officer Bobby Tucker, who trapped the creature, believes it was the offspring of a coyote and a German Shepherd, according to the Clanton Advertiser, and he thinks there are other “coydogs” out there.
“There are a lot of elderly people in the area concerned with seeing them,” Tucker told the Advertiser. “We don’t know a lot about them or what they’re capable of.” This particular “coydog” was euthanized after Humane Society officials decided it was too aggressive toward humans to be socialized.
According to dogbreedinfo.com, a “coydog” is the result of a male coyote mating with a female domestic dog. The offspring of a female coyote and a male domestic dog is called a “dogote” — in case you’re ever asked. According to Wikipedia, coyotes have also been cross-bred with wolves, jackals and Australian dingoes, and, in Germany, with poodles. The entry does not explain why anyone would want to breed a coyote with a poodle or say whether they’re called coypoos.
North Carolina appears to be having a worse wild animal problem than coydogs. According to NewsObserver.com, the state is leading the nation in copperhead snake bites.