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Joe Fleming was astonished when he saw huge coyote tracks on the Bonavista Peninsula two months ago, but he was even more stunned when he weighed the beast at 82 pounds after he shot it this week.

“I haven’t seen anything like it before. I haven’t seen a track like it before. … I’ve been hunting for a long time and this is the biggest one I’ve seen. The biggest one I’ve weighed,” Fleming told The Telegram Wednesday.

While some people are incredulous the animal is, in fact, a coyote, although it looks wolf-like in photos. Fleming said wildlife officials he brought it to in Clarenville believe it is, but there will be a further investigation.

A short story  on the beast burned up The Telegram website Wednesday with more than 30,000 hits and 80 comments by suppertime.

Some objected to interfering with nature by shooting coyotes. Others noted the livestock and pets that have been lost since the predators became prevalent.

“Much rather the coyote dead than somebody’s animals or kids,” wrote one reader.

“I know our safety must come first, however, is the killing of this coyote the only option on the table?” asked another.

The Spillars Cove crab fisherman and avid coyote tracker shot the animal between Bonavista and Port Rexton on a pole line adjacent a series of marshes.

It was close to an area where he often hunts partridge with his English setter and he’s thinking twice about that now.

“And I am sure if my dog came across that, it  would kill my dog. It was just massive.. It’s teeth were huge and its feet were huge,” Fleming said.

“It would have no problem taking down a small moose ... Probably this one could take a family member.”

The breed of coyote in Newfoundland is known as the eastern coyote, which is believed to have interbred with wolves during their trek from the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, through the Maritimes and into Newfoundland. The species has been blamed for killing animals on the island, such as caribou and young moose.

The province offers a coyote carcass registration reward of $25 as an incentive to gain access to carcasses to assist with biological investigation of the species. This includes carcass evaluation to assess their diets.

Environment and Conservation Minister Terry French was wondering Wednesday if the creature could be a wolf that crossed on the ice from Labrador or, perhaps, a hybrid or the result of a coyote-dog crossbreeding.

“It really is an anomaly,” French said, noting most coyotes are 30-35 pounds. “It’s so out of character … It really is too early to tell.”

French said DNA samples from the carcass will be tested.

The fur from the coyote will be tanned in Montreal, stuffed and displayed at the Outdoor Supply Store in Lewisporte with Fleming’s name on it. The store has a contest on which includes the biggest coyote bagged and Fleming is 30 pounds ahead of the competition.

“I’m six-foot, 240 pounds and that’s putting it moderate and my hand could fit in its paw track,” said Fleming, who has tracked several and shot three since he began hunting coyotes six years ago. He loves the challenge of tracking the animals.

When he first saw the gigantic tracks, Fleming thought perhaps it was a lynx, but then noticed much smaller coyote tracks travelling with the big animal.

“And if it was a wolf, I don’t see another coyote travelling with it,” Fleming said. “This one made the other one look like a puppy.”

Fleming said the area is one that people snowmobile and go trouting in, as well as partridge hunting. There’s also lots of partridge berries and bakeapples for picking during their seasons.

He said people should be aware of the coyote potential and carry some protection, and suggested anyone would bolt if they saw such a brute.

“If I didn’t have a rifle with me, I probably would have run away, too,” Fleming said. “If I didn’t have the rifle with me, I would be kind of worried.”

Fleming, who has been hunting since he was 13,  uses an electronic device for calling the coyotes. The decoy mimics a male coyote moving into is territory.

When he spotted the coyote Monday, it was in a fight posture.

“I could see his teeth and his back arched even though he was a long ways off. I could see it through the scope on my rifle and I knew he thought he was coming in to fight with another coyote. I guess he was angry,” Fleming said.

“When he got about 180 yards from me, I knew he got my wind. He could smell me in the tree line. He turned to run. And when he turned to run, I made a bark at him. That’s what you are supposed to do to stop him.”

The coyote was 200 yards away when Fleming shot him. When he got up to the dead animal, he called his brother and a friend to help take it out of the woods.

“I could not believe my eyes. I knew it was big, but when I got close to it and realized the sheer size of it, I was amazed,” Fleming said.

His wife Tracy and five-year-old son, Daniel were excited when Fleming got home. Both also love hunting. And he had a steady stream of visitors to his shed Monday night until he finally locked up at 11 p.m.

“A lot of the local trappers they didn’t really believe it when they heard it, so they had to come see it for themselves,” Fleming said.

Ewen Whiteway of the Outdoor Supply Store, was also skeptical when Fleming phoned him, until it was brought to the store and weighed in at between 81-83 pounds.

“Man it was a giant. It was something like on steroids,” he said. “It might have wolf into him.”

Whiteway said the largest coyote previously brought in for the contest weighed 52 pounds. The contest, which also awards prizes for the most coyotes and includes a random draw, ends when the 10-month season closes in July. The prize for the largest coyote is a rifle and scope.

A taxidermist, Whiteway said he’ll display Fleming’s coyote with the other mounts in his store. It’s being sent to a professional tanner and should be ready for viewing by fall.

Whiteway has a cabin in central Newfoundland and was moose hunting after Christmas. After a new snowfall, there were coyote tracks everywhere.

“The full country was covered,” he said, advising people be on the watch.

“They’re the next thing to a wolf. When they want something to eat, they don’t care what it is.”

French said the public needn’t panic even though the coyote revelation is the second in a week. A much smaller coyote was spotted outside a Paradise school this week.

“It’s unfortunate to some degree coyotes are here to stay,” French said. “I don’t say that lightly.”

But he noted wildlife officials are tracking coyotes through a caribou study — 50 have been collared and that will provide some information on their range and eating habit, as well as size.

But French said for the most part coyotes will bolt when they see a human and added people should make noise — carry a whistle, chat, beat the bushes, hum a favourite tune —  when they are travelling on hiking trails and in the wilderness, and not leave scraps, garbage and pet food out around their properties and of course, don’t leave pets unattended.

“We have to be aware of it. I don’t think there’s any need to alarm people,” he said.

Last year, some 1,100 dead coyotes were submitted for the $25 carcass registration reward.

In 2009, a folk singer from Toronto died after being attacked by two coyotes while hiking in Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia.

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CLARENVILLE — A hunter has shot what is believed to be one of the biggest coyotes ever recorded in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Joe Fleming of Spillars Cove, near Bonavista, shot the animal near Half Way Pond on the Bonavista Peninsula on Monday after tracking it for about a month.

The coyote was double the size of regular large coyotes. It weighed in at 37 kilograms.

“I’ve been hunting a long time. This is the biggest one I’ve seen, the biggest one I’ve weighed,” Fleming, a crab fisherman, told The Telegram.

When he first saw the tracks a couple months ago, Fleming said he thought it was a lynx and hoped it wasn’t trailing him to jump him.

But then he realized there was a small coyote travelling with the animal.

Some people have commented the animal is more like a wolf, than a coyote. But Fleming said wildlife officials are convinced it’s a coyote, adding officials have taken blood and hair samples.

More in Thursday’s Telegram.

Fleming brought the carcass to wildlife officials in Clarenville and says DNA and blood samples have been taken in an attempt to determine why this particular animal was so large.

He says he knew the carcass had to be preserved so he took it to an outdoor supply store in Lewisporte where it will go on display once it is mounted.

Geographic location: CLARENVILLE, Lewisporte

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  • Rob Severy
    October 22, 2014 - 09:54

    Other than size, coyote and wolf tracks are too close in resemblance to distinguish breed. These photos in conjunction with mere size and weight appear to be a healthy average wolf. DNA results should confirm this is either 100% wolf or a cross breed possibly with large wild dog. Even at 80+ lbs., a coyote that big would still have some facial features resembling it's breed - this animal doesn't. Coyotes trek with their tail low and curved downward. Too bad he didn't mention the gate of this animal while observing it prior to shooting. I've seen a big 50lb shot coyote which clearly showed it's breed. I'd appreciate hearing the results of the DNA test.

  • TJ
    February 22, 2013 - 10:05

    i agree thats a wolf aint no yote gettn that big.

  • sarah
    April 07, 2012 - 23:06

    Just like to point out that I am not against hunting as long as it is for good reason such as, for food and if only in clear abundance. However, what a lot of you seem to forgot although this animal is "alien" to Newfoundland it is also not our woods. Animals own the woods not us they were here first and as far as im concerned if you dont want to be attacked by wild animals then stay out of the woods. I am also not a person who "stays in side there nice camper" no i camp in a tent so i know the dangers and if a coyote, wolf or bear attacked me it would be my own dumb fault for going into THEIR territory. Everyone is complaining about the moose population well guess what now you have something to take care of that problem but people in Newfoundland always have to have something to complain about.

    • Anna
      May 10, 2012 - 00:12

      Article in the Toronto Star yesterday says it's been confirmed a wolf.

    • Anna
      May 10, 2012 - 00:29

      Article in the Toronto Star yesterday says it's been confirmed a wolf.

    • Ian
      May 10, 2012 - 14:32

      @Anna: The results have not been released for the 82 pound animal yet, I think they were just saying that it was most likely a wolf.

    • shirley tracz
      June 08, 2012 - 15:20

      I took one look at that picture and knew it wasnr a coyote. the ears were too small and far apart! how could people be that naive to even think it was a coyote!

    • Edward miller jr
      March 17, 2014 - 21:49

      You are so right that where they live it would be different if they came out where we live you are so right there 150%

  • Brady
    March 26, 2012 - 13:15

    The DNA tests are taking an awful long time is it not? Think the crowd at MUN would know something by now wouldn't they?

  • joey
    March 21, 2012 - 14:31

    I agree that shooting coyotes is a good option and I think soon we will be getting more big a coyotes.

  • Dale Skanes
    March 21, 2012 - 00:32

    Going to be exciting to see if the Wolf is back. It would be something to have this large carnivore back in Newfoundland's ecosystem, howling in the night. Good shot would have loved to have been there.

  • Pat Lou
    March 17, 2012 - 18:43

    I love animals. I abhor violence. I have never hunted. I pray I never have to. I am okay with humane hunting methods for food. I live in an isolated area of NS. Our coyotes are NOt the coyotes of the west. They have bred with wolves and/or dogs. They are VERY DANGEROUS to a child.

  • Daddy Laddy
    March 17, 2012 - 18:03

    Skint size o'l man...Took every draft right out of the bugger...Best kind sure!

  • Cliff
    March 17, 2012 - 11:10

    Firearm-using hunters annually cause 50 times the amount of deaths caused by coyotes since the dawn of recorded history.

  • Cliff
    March 17, 2012 - 10:54

    Meaningful Statistics (all recorded for the USA and Canada): There are 1.3 million hunters in the USA and Canada. Only 16,000 are archers. The rest use firearms. Firearm-using hunters accidentally shoot roughly 1000 people per year in the USA and Canada. Of those, nearly 100 injuries result in death. Archers accidentally shoot roughly one person per year in the USA and Canada, always themselves or a hunting partner. Coyote attacks on humans since recorded history: 30 (maximum estimate). Human fatalities caused by coyotes in recorded history: 2 Coyotes killed and exterminated by hunters, trappers and farmers each year: 450,000. Observations: For a statistically insignificant risk, hunters, trappers and farmers exterminate nearly half a million coyotes per year. Your risk of death by drowning, lightning strike, being hit by a car, murdered, etc. is millions of times higher. Firearm-using hunters annually cause 50 times the amount of deaths caused by coyotes since the dawn of recorded history. It is impossible to mistake a bow for unloaded, and the range is reduced to 50 yards. The skill level required for archery hunting is vastly higher than it is for firearm hunters. Only archery hunting is safe hunting. Conclusion: The real danger in the countryside is the firearm-armed hunter whose risk to human life is astronomically higher than that posed by the coyote.

    • Jeremy
      March 30, 2012 - 13:14

      How does an archer shoot himself?

  • vanessa
    March 17, 2012 - 00:42

    oh my gosh! i know what wolves look like..thats a wolf! Didn't even know they were in Newfoundland..hmm

  • Lee Goudie
    March 16, 2012 - 15:36

    I lived in south eastern Ontario for thirty years. I encountered coyotes many times over the years especially when I was turkey hunting using a female turkey call. I also saw them from time to time when I was deer hunting. My experience was that once these animals encounter man they don't hang around long. I really feel the threat to people and pets is minimal at best. This fear generally arises when people don't really don't know what they're talking about and definitely can't back it up with facts. The idea that these animals have to be wiped out is total nonsense. The fact is the coyote is a very hard animal to even get a look at, let alone cull to extinction. The coyote is here to stay in Newfoundland and has already fit into the ecosystem. If they kill moose calves in early summer I don't see this as a big problem as the moose are over populated to the point of habitat destruction is some areas of the province. As for this 82 pount coyote it will be interesting to see what it actually is once tests are conducted.

  • Dolores Hancock
    March 16, 2012 - 15:13

    This one looks like my Sibarian Huskey & same weight. I hope that it was coyote & not someones Huskey. We dont need any coyotes here so if this is one of them then there's one less. But a lot of people do mistake my Huskey for one of those wild animals. But look close & you can see ,she's biger then a coyote.

  • Dave
    March 16, 2012 - 12:04

    It's called hunting for all you bleeding hearts out there ! The question is have you hugged your seal today ? The animal in question is a Coyote who's DNA contains Wolf , this animal is also known as a Coyowolf.

  • Amy
    March 16, 2012 - 09:11

    People talk of wildlife management, and appear to demonize wildlife such as coyotes and wolves, but it is the human population that needs to be managed and demonized. Humans are the most destructive, violent and wilfully evil creatures that ever walked the earth, a cancerous growth. Human glib arrogrance is unmerrited.

  • sczmaster
    March 16, 2012 - 06:40

    I love all the comments by people who have obviously never set foot off pavement let alone spent 1 night outdoors without being in camper van . Don't think for one second this animal wouldn't try and kill you. A deer will try to kill you given the chance. I for one would rather live outside that little bubble of protection a big city provides, as it also provides a great deal of ignorance about the real world.

    • will to power
      March 16, 2012 - 15:16

      I live in a wooded area near the city. Occasionally, we get moose in the backyard, last year we had a visiting grouse and coyotes have been spotted close to my home. We love to camp at Terra Nova and Gros Morne (always in a tent, because that's what we enjoy). I like to think that I live in the real world, though I will admit that my street has pavement. You make too many assumptions. But back to the topic at hand. The fact is, the coyote that Fleming killed would be more likely to run from you than anything else. And while you seem to have some fears, I would like to reassure you that the deer would probably try to get away from you, too. I think you'd be doing yourself a huge service by challenging those assumptions of yours. Give it a try.

    • Devil's Advocate
      March 16, 2012 - 17:50

      @Will TO POWER- You obviously do not know what you are talking about. Coyotes are very curious and brazen. I have personally had a Coyote stalk me and get within a 4' radius of me, I did not have a gun but I did have to defend myself (Master lock to the Coyotes head). I could only imagine how aggressive the beast would have been if I were a child instead of a full grown man.

  • Devil's Advocate
    March 15, 2012 - 21:54

    I love dogs, but these coyotes do not belong here. They got to go, I am going to start hunting them myself too.

    • will to power
      March 16, 2012 - 13:54

      Atta boy. Now go round up your posse. Sheesh. Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.

  • peter
    March 15, 2012 - 21:31

    I'm from Nova Scotia...we are infested with these vermin as well...I say kill every last one of them by whatever means nessecary!!! We have no deer, rabbits, partridge in the woods..just coyote shit and tracks. Its time for a full scale eradication!

    • Cliff
      March 16, 2012 - 08:39

      I'm from Nova Scotia and I am delighted that coyotes have made their homes among us. I lived half my life in the Alaska wilderness and loved the presence of the wolves, and the coyotes remind me of them. Using simple behavior management techniques, the coyotes do not encroach upon my land nor bother my livestock. Teaching my daughters how to live and act among wildlife, the coyotes represent no danger to us. The coyotes weed out the sick among hares and deer. They feed heavily on rodents and help keep those populatinos down. They are highly beneficial and the odds of ever being attacked by a coyote are so astronomically low that the belief it will happen to you approaches superstition. Our home is deep in the woods and coyotes pass in the forest only yards behind the house and never bother us. I bet if we starting thinking with a heart instead of a gun, if we stop perceiving the natural world as an enemy out to destroy us, we can find ways to live and let live. By the way, I am a hunter, but I am firmly an advocate of ethical hunting--killing only what is in abundance and for food. To have killed this coyote . . . such a tragic waste and a demonstration of the poorest ethics in hunting.

  • Bill Montevecchi
    March 15, 2012 - 20:48

    The Newfoundland Wolf is extinct. Its subspecies was named after the Beothuk people who are also extinct. If this animal was a wolf, a part wolf or even a mega-coyote, why is this guy a hero? This is destructive trophy hunting at worst.

  • Cyril
    March 15, 2012 - 19:35

    The arguement that it is cruel to kill a coyote is completly invalid. A coyote is a savage animal, it hunts and preys on arctic hairs and other fluffy little creatures of gods creation but that is just fine and dandy is it?! It's time for people to grow up and get their facts straight. Not only is the coyote and alien species ( this means not a native species, not from outer space) So it is already harmful to the newfoundland environment. But it is also a pest to sociaety, because they prey on peoples livestock and terroriseparents into believing that the forest isnt a safe place for kids to be, and they're right! It's perfectly normal to feel a bit of sensitivity for the death of an animal but to talk about the person who shot the animal, now who's cruel? And not to mention for all of those mainlander with their noses brown from being so far up our asses in our affairs. Something so simple as being a hunter just seems to be a savage act for them. And im not saying all mainlanders are Idiots, because the ones with sense enough to agree with me probably think its a waste of time to comment to test the stubborness of their weaker minded opponents. Animal rights? thats just a petty phrase that people use to get attention. Im sure nobody thought of animal rights when they sat down to eat last thanksgiving! So instead of saying poor coyote, or poor seal or poor animals, you start saying poor homeless people, poor starving children! it bewilders me that soo many people could cry over the death of an animal but death of humanity is everywhere and nobody seems to give a damn!

    • marcel
      March 15, 2012 - 21:28

      I can't belive the comments. poor coyote!! Its like any other animal we harvest for meat, fur, or as a means of culling the numbers to help other species to live on. Don't worry either there cyril, haha we mainlanders airnt all that bad. I trapped myself one large coyote 100 yard s from my back door this year, they walk through my hard and just feet from my steps. And people think there nothing to watch out for. But i will say everyone i have seen or called in ran from me the first sign they know man was around. Lets see more hunters out there

    • Don
      March 15, 2012 - 21:51

      Cyril a coyote is no more savage than a person. You feel sympathy for "fluffy" little creatures but not for the ones that are not? You are a sad excuse for a person. You don't think animals deserve rights? More like you don't deserve rights. Humans do far more damage to the environment than animals. You really need to lose that ignorance and see yourself for what you truly are.

    • Coyotelover
      March 16, 2012 - 00:22

      I can't tell if you're serious or not... but to address the "alien species" comment: If an animal enters another environment, all on its own, isn't that natural?

  • Elliott
    March 15, 2012 - 19:25

    Ok lets just take a take a second here and look at this. Joe Fleming had a coyote license that allows him to legally harvest coyotes just as a moose license allows you to legally harvest a moose. He has done nothing wrong. I am a hunter and i always will be and i see nothing wrong with what Mr. Fleming has done. Hunting coyotes is an activity that is conducted all over the world, and it normally doesn't cause this much fuss. I am from the same area that this coyote was taken in and i know that the coyotes in this area have become a real problem, they have killed livestock and peoples pets in the area. While there have been no attacks on people it is possible that a coyote this big could do some real damage. I think that people who do not know all the facts about something should attempt to get them before they comment. To Mr. Fleming congratulations on your harvest. Hopefully you can get a few more

  • Elliott
    March 15, 2012 - 18:51

    Ok lets take a minuet here to look at this. Joe Fleming was doing nothing wrong. He had a valid license to harvest a coyote just like a moose license entitles you to harvest a moose. I am a hunter and always will be and Mr. Fleming has done nothing wrong. To the people who are saying that the coyote should have been relocated or given a chance i would invite you to try and capture a live coyote and relocate it. Coyotes have routinely killed and wounded livestock and pets and while they resemble a husky or other type of pet they are not pets and cannot be treated as such. I am from the same area as Mr. Fleming and the coyote has been doing damage all over the area. I think that people who do not understand the situation should attempt to find all the facts before they attempt to make an argument. To Mr. Fleming congratulations on your harvest. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail and all this foolishness will blow over.

  • Elizabeth Cory
    March 15, 2012 - 18:50

    Henry & Doug, is that all you see here is the word Stalking was spelled wrong. I think you both need to grow up if all you can do is make fun of someone who spelled a word wrong, very mature there guys.. lol..

  • John Petten
    March 15, 2012 - 18:50

    My dear lord, I am so afraid to leave my children out in the backyard, for fear that a snowshoe hare, squirrel, or moose could eat them! What kind of a province do we live in? We need to cull the moose, coyotes, and squirrels! There was a reason we killed the Newfoundland wolves here before, they were viscous man eaters. It is the same reason we killed the Beothuk. If it is not white and does not walk on two legs, we should kill it. Dear lord I am so afraid for my children!

  • saltheart
    March 15, 2012 - 18:21

    alright folks with short memories, a couple of years back a young girl was eaten by a coyote as she walked the public trails like the ones we have here. national geographic did a show on it, suggest you look it up, they killed the coyotes involved and did a dna test on them, they found the dna of the young girl and also they were the cross of the ontario grey wolf and coyote, however they were smarter and larger than the average coyote, bleeding hearts about shooting these animals, better hope you don't come in contact with one.

  • Geoff
    March 15, 2012 - 17:52

    I'm a hunter and agree with the coyote harvest but also bred Alaskan Malamutes for yr. based on only these few pics it looks like an Alaskan but again I say that based only on 3 pics. I hope the DNA testing is publicly announced and soon"

  • Duffy
    March 15, 2012 - 17:42

    What a Man! He can shoot a dog that is stopped looking at him. Gee maybe I can get his autograph as the Great White Newfoundland Hunter! He must be some proud..........................

    • paul
      March 21, 2012 - 21:59

      hey duffy Better hope that you dont get eaten in the woods. You have not a clue of what you speak. Ignorance is in your blood Great white hunter.....yeah....this would have been a reversed story if that were you that encountered this beast... Wizen up pal....

  • Jim Clarkson
    March 15, 2012 - 15:43

    I saw a hare track this morning in the yard - by the time I got to the house my diaper was full. Why do these terrible creatures have to live among us?

  • Doug Rowe
    March 15, 2012 - 15:42

    'Stocking' is 'stalking' without your boots!!!!!

  • Gordon
    March 15, 2012 - 15:38

    Wolves and coyotes do not kill people. There has only been one case of a human being killed by a wolf/coyote in North America, and that was a hybrid which is thought to be more aggressive. Hundreds of people die in North America every year due to pet dog attacks. So all you folks that would kill a coyote or wolf but wouldn't kill a pet dog have proven to be uneducated hypocrits.

  • Ash
    March 15, 2012 - 14:26

    Wow someone needs a camera for their birthday,...shoot it with a lens and leave it be. This is a gorgeous wild creature and the first thought is to shoot and kill it, and top it off with throwing harming children in the mix for dramatic effect.

  • BETEE
    March 15, 2012 - 14:25

    This dog is so cute, how could you kill it? Based on you're logic, you'd probably kill a tabby cat in fear that it was a mountain lion or lynx. This animal was running away and you barked at it to get it to return. You could have tried to put out your hand and rubbed his belly or given him a treat. Fuzzy Wuzzzy Shmuzzy

  • Karen B
    March 15, 2012 - 14:07

    A Wolf or coyote it doesn't matter, the thing is you tracked the animal for months, Which is called stocking , he was nowhere near the public and not causing any problem, just because it has the power to do so, doesn't mean it would, you can't go around judging animals because of what it MIGHT do. You say that this animal can harm or kill a child or your pets, well don't go up in what is called their den, this is where they live, if these animals are coming into your backyard then yes, you have a concern. If I had a wild animal or any animal harming my family I would then do what you did, but not to hunt them down , you have been stocking this animal to kill it..there are some people in Labrador that are harming and killing pets up there everyday for the fun of it, so what is the difference, a coyote or a person killing the pets ??? Stock and track the real dangerious things in NL.. , You have killed an animal that has done nothing wrong except for being born in NL,

    • henry
      March 15, 2012 - 14:46

      Stalking not stocking. Geebus! Get it right.

  • Logic
    March 15, 2012 - 13:54

    @CBS - to my knowledge here has never been a wolf attack on a human in all of North America (at least not a verified one). However, there are many coyote attacks on humans every year (especially in the southern US). The thing is, coyotes are usually small animals, no more than 30-35 lbs and the attacks are not often fatal. However, if the hybrid coyote (part wolf) can grow to 80+ lbs (with many reportedly being near 50lbs) and they take on the attributes of the coyote instead of the wolf, we could be in for some scary times once we reach the point where most of their natural prey are gone. I suspect they will turn to our dumps and backyards to scavange... the number of attacks on family pets, and possibly humans, could very likely increase.

  • Lane
    March 15, 2012 - 13:44

    He has a license to hunt coyotes, not wolves. This doesn't look like a coyote to me, and if it turns out to be a wolf then Mr. Fleming could (and should) be in trouble.

  • will to power
    March 15, 2012 - 13:13

    Some of the comments relating to this story are outright ridiculous. All of the comments about coyotes roaming the streets waiting to pounce on unsuspecting victims (complete with an abundance of exclamation marks) or the dangers they face every day (written in caps with an exclamation mark for added emphasis) remind me of a hysterical cartoon character screaming, “SOMEBODY SAVE THE CHILDREN!!!” Please. And could someone please explain to me how caring about animal welfare equates to selling out the human race? I mean, really. Some of the comments here imply that if you care about non-human forms of life then you’ve disgraced yourself before all mankind; that somehow caring about animals means you don’t care about humans. How ignorant. Oh, and there’s the tree-hugger taunt. I wouldn’t describe myself as one, but I wouldn’t see it as a thing of shame, either. What’s wrong with caring about the environment...or nature? If every Newfoundlander showed such respect, we wouldn’t have endangered plants and animals (I’m not referencing the coyote here) or dirt roads used as dumps for wrecked cars and old toilets. And The Telegram didn’t need to publish a picture of the dead animal on their homepage beside the headline/link. I respect their right to run the picture, but it could have been done in a manner that would have allowed some of us to choose not to look. The “kill them all, because it’s us or them” mentality is sad and disturbing. And for those that think that way, I can only say that I’m glad you’re not my neighbor. Because, honestly, some of you sound like savages.

    • STEPH C
      March 15, 2012 - 17:08

      i honestly couldn't of said this better myself. props to you WILL TO POWER... agreed with evrything you said.. it's a shame the way people think these days.. people kill people, so does that mean that we need to shoot everybody for the sake that a person MIGHT kill?... think about it.. there's probably more people out there that you need to worry about walking down the street and giving you a jab then there are coyotes "roaming the streets waiting to pounce" .. really people.. get a life or smarten up!

    • Steve
      March 15, 2012 - 19:18

      Are you sugesting that Newfoundlanders are the cause of endangered plants and animals.......?

  • Sarah
    March 15, 2012 - 12:16

    I live on the Mainland. I've seen both wolves and coyotes. This is not a coyote... this is most definitely a wolf and at the very least... a hybrid wolf.

  • Vanaathiel
    March 15, 2012 - 12:08

    Very interesting! I understand the need to shoot overabundant coyotes, especially when they are a safety concern, but what I don't like about this article is the implication that this animal could take out a family member, and would kill his dog if it met it. This just gives the impression that if it could, it would, hence it should be killed. That doesn't make much sense. I've run into coyotes many times in my area (we have a huge abundance as well) and they have always ignored me and my dog. I'm not saying this is the case everywhere and I know they can be a threat, but killing them because they COULD be, is the sort of logic that could be damaging to the population. It's what caused the wolf to disappear from much of Canada and the United States in the first place.

  • Natasha
    March 15, 2012 - 11:18

    for those of you posting negative comments & who have a problem with hunting practices in NL, take it up with the Department of Wildlife...!!!!!! Sheshhh! I came onto this site to voice my opinion but seems FKM has already said exactly what I was going to... FKM - March 14, 2012 at 12:55:13 Coyotes have no natural predators and an abundance of food in NFLD. They will continue to multiply rapidly and eventually will deplete their prey to a point where they will become increasingly dangerous to people, especially if people have an attitude like "these won't hurt me" . Hunting these animals may seem like like a sport but is more so management of a food chain that may not recover if allowed to spiral. Supposedly people put them there, in which case people should make sure these animals don't cause devastation to an ecosystem

    • greg
      March 15, 2012 - 16:11

      Wildlife management is the key. With proper supervision,i.e. rules and regulations, hunting is an excellent way to mange wildlife. Remember the stopping of the seal fishery years ago and it's effect on the cod stocks? Good shot guy! K eep up the good work wildlife management!

  • jj
    March 15, 2012 - 11:05

    It looks more like a dog than a coyote - especially the markings

  • Happy Newfie
    March 15, 2012 - 11:01

    Imagine a society more concerned with animal life than a human. You bleeding heart hippocrits got nothing better to do than find anything to chastise. Joe great job and keep killing more of these vicious predators cause it is a known fact these coyotes are hunting in packs and believe me you don't want to come across one while out walking around Kents Pond with your children or friends cause they will strike if bold enough. There have been multiple sightings of these creatures in the city and that's cause for alarm right there when they are roaming our city streets where our children play. That's scary. Kill every one of them I say cause I'm for The Human Race

    • Colin Demianyk
      March 16, 2012 - 10:29

      Seems like to be a "predator" you sort of have to be viscious to be successful or you starve to death. Domesticated dogs live among us but can still reveal their wild roots with tragic results. Wild animals are exactly that. Fuzzy wuzzy rabbits eat vegetation unless they are in a Monty Python movies. Sure some ignorant comments here, both ways!

  • CBS
    March 15, 2012 - 10:56

    Just two quick questions for all those who think these coyotes are dangerous: how many moose-vehicle accidents occurred in this province last year alone? 800. How many people died last year alone? Two. OK, another question: how many coyote attacks have there been in Canada as a whole in the last hundred years? A few dozen, maybe a hundred? How many fatalities? One. And before I am accused of being a 'hippy', I am a hunter and love it. I also love to eat seal flippers, moose, caribou, grouse, and any kind of game I can get my hands on. But if you are going to live out here in the country, perhaps you should educate yourself about the ecosystem first. Moose are statistically the biggest threat we face...any they are not native here either. Coyotes are not 'man eating lions' terrorizing a village on the African veldt. They are scavengers that, yes, have the potential to carry some types of disease and might kill some small livestock or pets, but they are here and growing in number because they are filling a niche in an ecosystem that lacks top predators (especially as we humans have been depopulating the rural parts of this province and dealing with the moose we introduced to hunt in the first place). In the absence of a large-scale moose cull or more moose hunting in general, we should actually be encouraging these animals to breed, especially if they are crossed with wolves (I think this is a Wolfe or part-Husky personally). We do have a real Moose problem, mainly because there are no predators for those animals. A 80 lb Wolf, coyote, whatever only gets that big on significant predation. If these animals are killing moose calves, that is most certainly a good thing and I would suggest that those who are shooting animals like this are doing more harm than good. I would have guessed that the townies would have been most frightened of the coyotes because they don't understand how the system works. I am utterly dismayed to say that my fellow hunters seem to be letting me down. COME ON PEOPLE! THINK!

    • Gordon
      March 15, 2012 - 11:10

      I agree with everything you said. I have a facebook group that is devoted to reintroducing the wolf to Newfoundland. I have never in my life been threatened or harmed by a wild animal but I have been physically harmed by humans. Also all the desieses I have had have been from humans, not wild animals.

    • saltheart
      March 15, 2012 - 19:07

      well cbs how many calf do a moose have, coyotes can have a dozen pups, maybe the coyotes are chasiiing the moose out on the highway.

  • Kris
    March 15, 2012 - 10:37

    These animals kill people . there has been a big problem with these animals and i think a persons life is more important then the animals. The attacks that have happened were when people have been walking and not bothering the animal. I would like to see the people who think its such a sin for the animal to be shoot to be put in the place where the animal was coming after you.. what would you do . i bet you would wish you had a gun to shoot it too..

  • Dion
    March 15, 2012 - 09:39

    Many people on here are posting negative comments about Mr. Flemming with so little knowledge of the man. A wise man gets all the facts before being publically critical. Most don't even seem to be aware that the government encourages harvesting Coyotes, and require that you submit the carcass to a Department of Natural Resources office and even pay $25 for doing so. Mr Flemming is actually encouraged by the goverment to do exactly what he did. I don't like to see the imagery of animals losing their lives, just as I'd hate to see the imagery of all the furry little woodland creatures being kill by this coyote to have grown to this size. Neither the coyote or Mr. Flemming are doing anything wrong.

  • Marlene
    March 15, 2012 - 09:11

    WOW....such controversary over this story. I do have to agree it is a beautiul creature and that it is a shame it had to be shot. What's more shameful is the fact that all the pictures circulating on the poor thing. Yes maybe the animal had to be gotten rid of but wasn't there a more humane way. We do have a wildlife in this province and maybe just maybe it could have been caught and relocated or put in a wildlife reserve. I know it running wild in a community would possibly have had a bad outcome and anyone with a grain of sense knows that it wasn't safe to have it running wild. Bottom line it is dead done. Right or wrong it is done. But i do think the pictures should stop and the story should stop and the picture of the poor animal dangling by the hind legs is absolutely sickening and anyone who looks at it and things yes by'e what a picture is just as sickening. Just sayin.......

    • NS
      March 15, 2012 - 10:19

      What people don't realize is that hunting is usually the best case scenario for the death of a wild animal. It's fast. Wild animals usually end up dying because they are starving, injured, or too old to take care of themselves; which is not going to be peaceful. If you're concerned about the well being of animals, you should see how the meat on your McDonalds burger is being slaughtered and then decide which one you should be worried about.

  • irishsetter
    March 15, 2012 - 09:11

    These larger coyotes are not rare , as far as in New Brunswick. Our coyote population seems to cycle from year to year , and we have seen 75-90 lb animals harvested. With our deer population ,size of the yards , and pending on the snowfall , coyotes can have good or bad winters . There have been studies done , and I stand to be corrected , those in the know are calling these Eastern Canadian Brush wolves. The bad part about this particular instance , is that this coyote appears to be very healthy , therefore , they are having a good winter.

    • Just the facts
      March 15, 2012 - 09:42

      After reading the comments it is unfortunate to see folks resort to ignorance and name calling. Some out of frustration and some because they have no real facts and by name calling and making bold statements, in their view, turns their own personal opinion into fact. It is Kind of like bullying you into believing its true. And for many honest, interested folks it simply clouds the issue. The facts are that the coyote is a relative newcomer to the island of Newfoundland, arriving here in the last couple of decades. It migrated across western Canada and the United States and it has been genetically proven to have inter-breed with wolves during its migration east. Hence the reason the “Eastern” Coyote is generally larger than its counter-part in the west. Whether this particular coyote is a wolf or coyote will be proven through DNA testing however, wildlife officials do believe it is a coyote. With partial wolf genetics it is not unreasonable to believe this coyote is simply a genetic outlier if you will. As for shooting coyotes, I am sorry to disappoint some folks here, Newfoundlanders did not invent this. Due to population explosions, the western part of Canada and much of the US have been shooting coyotes for more than one hundred years. “Shoot on site” and eradication was much the policy due to some of the coyotes less than desirable traits. In many ways they were and are considered vermin. Thankfully, much has changed, however, population control is still considered critical. As for Newfoundland, we have seen massive declines to our local caribou populations. Many of the herds show 100% calf mortality, as they are particularly vulnerable to predation at this time. The science is showing that coyote are a major part of this mortality equation as are Black Bear. As a result, the Wildlife division of Newfoundland has created a policy to educate Newfoundland hunters on how to hunt these incredibly smart animals in an effort to control its population. To suggest the coyote is a beautiful and cuddly creature is not a totally fair description. Beautiful…yes, cuddly no. They are opportunists and do prey on cats and small dogs given the chance. They have killed one adult girl in Cape Breton and attacked another adult lady in New Brunswick in the last 3 years. I am not trying to fear monger here but like any wild animal they should be respected. To the gentleman who shot this coyote you have my greatest respect as long as it was killed quickly and ethically. I am sorry for those who found the picture disturbing, however, death is a very real part of life and very much the true cycle of life. The saran wrapped package at the butcher shop comes after. As for being proud of shooting this coyote, I would say an emphatic yes. The difficulty in being able to accomplish this task in extremely high and takes a lot of skill. Do I wish it could be eaten, yes, but population control is just as important.

  • CV
    March 15, 2012 - 09:00

    Can he do this?? are we all just allow to shoot anything in sight? Incredible that this man's first thought was to kill this beautiful animal and to be proud of it. So sad... these animals should be admired and protected.

  • ss
    March 15, 2012 - 08:59

    Hey look, a rare and unusual animal! Shoot it QUICK!

  • Krista
    March 15, 2012 - 08:35

    I agree with Amy (AMY - March 15, 2012 at 07:47:38 Well, it's not hard to tell who are the Baymen and who are the Townies by these posts. I think the bigger issue here is the hatred between the two types of Newfoundlanders. Oh, and btw - there are pictures circulating around FB of the carcass hung upside down by it's two hind legs inside someones shed. This whole story, and the reactions from both sides makes me ashamed to be a Newfoundlander. I would also like to note that people are so scared of nature it makes me sick. All I seen in these photos are one beautiful animal and how we are completely degrading it because of its massive size. It got to that size naturally and who are we to destroy that. Wolves have become extinct to the island of Newfoundland and it makes me ashamed that people are scared of this now too. I don't see a problem here. If you are scared of the big scary coyote go move down town where they can't harm you or just shut up

    • Joyce
      March 15, 2012 - 09:04

      Krista/Amy or whoever...where we live is not the issue here...this could be a hunter from anywhere in Newfoundland...St. John's included.....I don't condone killing animals and I also don't condone discriminating people because of where they live....I thought we were long past those issues....but it sure don't seem like it here.

  • J
    March 15, 2012 - 07:38

    first off, didnt our newfoundland coyote come from wolfs and coyotes cross breeding as such,so it would most def look like a wolf and even if it is, noones gonna tell us anything bout that,highly doubtful. Me , being a "tree hugger" , i wouldnt call myself that, i particularly dont like to see this pic, its a beautiful animal but on the other hand i would most def kill a mouse in 5 secs flat... and i wouldnt wanna see this animal attacking any children either. Hard to pick a side and stay on it. But maybe we need to control the population,which is what hunters are doing I guess. Just dont display it is such ridiculous ways, seriously, if i killed a mouse..would the paper be knockin at my door,probably not!! I still think its sad,such an amazing animal. your gonna continue to kill things, thats jsut the way it goes, me sayin my two cents aint gonna change that, so just keep it to yourself and have the decency to not display it in this way,poor animal.

  • Solomon
    March 15, 2012 - 07:36

    Shoot everything that moves, big rifle, big man. ("small though". Oh my, where did evolution fail?

  • chris
    March 15, 2012 - 05:24

    I have a coyote hanging up around my cabin now. I see his tracks every time I am up there . I also seen a set of tracks that were lynx till I read this article and yet they may still be lynx , I hope. Anyway there is definitely some wolf in that animal. Lets see is some of these tree huggers were lost in the woods with a grizzly hunting them would they hug them to death or shoot them before they got eaten or just killed by the animal .

  • mr. coole
    March 15, 2012 - 03:50

    That thing is a monster. One aspect of the "Newfoundland" coyote is they hunt in packs. An acquaintance got himself surrounded by a bunch a few years ago. As very intelligent creatures, they will have mastered this by now. As with every other nuisance population of coyotes on the continent, this one will be very difficult to manage. Every method utilized has resulted in the coyote population gaining an the upper hand. Unless one is lucky, trying to track a single animal will take considerable effort, as Mr. Flemming showed us. Imagine having to deal with the terrain on the Bonavista end of the peninsula, when following this creature. I'd surely love to see any of the naysayers dropped in our wilderness for a few hours. You'd be crying for your mommas just for trying to traverse the vastness of black spruce, bogs, rocky outcrops & endless barrens. The coyotes would be the last thing on your minds.

  • RG
    March 15, 2012 - 02:43

    If you hadn't killed off the large predators you wouldn't be over run with moose.

    • JT
      March 15, 2012 - 13:24

      actually RG you forgot to think that our Black bear is our largest predator in Newfoundland and they are large! I'm wondering if we actually did kill off all of the Newfoundland wolves as reported in 1930. there is enough wild areas that they could have survived, who the heck knows. If this animal is part Coyote I would be surprised. I sure hope there are more of this magnificent creature. I seen many photos and did at one time see a mounted specimen of our Newfoundland Wolf and it sure does have a close resemblance http://www.therooms.ca/images/museum/photos/mnotes8_a.jpg

  • Gordon
    March 15, 2012 - 02:20

    My father proposed to the government to eradicate the coyote back in the early 1990s, when there were only a few documented sightings on the Porte au Porte Peninsula. If I recall correctly, he even gathered signatures to gain support. The government response at the time was that since eradication of coyotes had never worked in other provinces, it should not be done in Newfoundland. Of course, it would have been easy to stop them back then, but the government had little interest. Guess what happened a few years later. Farmers on the west coast reported sheep being killed by coyotes. After that, there were reports of them being sighted on the east coast. They have no natural enemy here, so of course they will spread out. There you have it. The problem could have solved quickly and cheaply twenty years ago. Myopia will get us nowehere, folks!

  • Ed Dooley
    March 15, 2012 - 01:46

    Real hero

  • BONITA
    March 14, 2012 - 23:44

    YOU KILL THIS ANIMAL WHY????? THIS JUST MAKES THIS GUY LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE WHO JUST LOVES TO KILL,,,, HEY, LETS GO KILL SOMETHING AND PUT IT IN THE PAPER,,, WHY, WHY,, NOTHING ELSE TO DO OR WHAT,,, REALLY,,,, SO SENSELESS...

    • Dario
      March 15, 2012 - 09:52

      Bonita, and everyone else who is thinking that Joe is a mass murderer......He said he spent a month hunting this unnatural sized cayote. He didn't say he killed hundreds in the process. I believe this animal is beautiful, but, it is un-natural to be the size it is and must be delt with. Posing for the news, why not? He accomplished something that probably saved many live stock and your family pets. Good on you Joe! Dario

  • steven
    March 14, 2012 - 23:43

    Brutal senseless act on such a beautiful animal!!!! you should be ashamed! Thanks for making us look even worse than we already did. I'd be ashamed to say I was from Newfoundland.

  • Robert Miller
    March 14, 2012 - 23:29

    (Excepting public safety concerns) Joe Fleming tracked that 82 lbs coyote for nearly a month. It wasn't threatening communities. That coyote died to be be an idiots trophy. So I'm against hunting, right? No. My father hunted for years as was well known for his adventures, many of which I joined. We also salmon fished if that adds to my cred. I also support responsible seal hunts. There's a big different between living off the land (by necessity or sport is fine by me) and killing for fun. What sane person actually LIKES making things dead? This has nothing to do with being a tree hugger or not--which is a pretty ignorant thing to suggest--but about having some respect for our wildlife. Hunt for your table, smarten up, and stop trying to representing caring Newfoundlanders.

  • Dave D
    March 14, 2012 - 23:26

    There is nothing wrong with going out and shooting animals for food but shooting such a beautiful animal for no reason is just senseless. I'm a hunter myself and I don't shoot innocent animals for fun, thats just stupid. Keep it up guys!! we got a bad enough name as it is. I'd be ashamed if I was him.

  • Fabe
    March 14, 2012 - 23:20

    Good on ya Joe, I have been away from the rock since 92 and I can't get over all the tree hugging,tofu eating dribble that some of these so called enlightened "sophisticated" people come up with. The truth is, nothing can be done with the bleeding heart types. I'm leaving this picture up as my screen saver for a month in your honour. Live long and proud my fellow Newfoundlander's and Labradorians.

  • Dave D
    March 14, 2012 - 23:19

    There is nothing wrong with going out and shooting animals for food but shooting such a beautiful animal for no reason is just senseless. I'm a hunter myself and I don't shoot innocent animals for fun, thats just stupid. I hear you people aren't all that smart not I know it's true.

    • Offended
      March 15, 2012 - 20:10

      I would like to see just how smart you are DAVE!!!! First of all, I would suggest that you check your spelling in the message you posted. Also, would you like coming face to face without any means of defense with such a large animal when it isn't definate as too what it really is? I wouldn't want to learn a hard lesson after losing a limb or other important body part after a confrontation with it while out for a leisurely walk. Wild animals can not be trusted. Bottom line! My question to you is....Do you have kids??? Enough said!

  • Dave D
    March 14, 2012 - 23:10

    I'm a hunter myself and it don't bother me one bit when someone goes out and shoots an animal for food but shooting a beautiful animal like that for no reason is just senseless. A Newfie with a grade 7 or 8 education out shooting everything that moves, go get a clue man!!! there won't be any left in a few years and you'll all be wondering why. I'm from Alberta and I hear that you Newfie's are not very smart, now I know for sure.

    • wendy
      March 15, 2012 - 08:20

      If this story was about the exact same coyote and it attacked a child, how many people would still be saying its a sin to shoot the damn thing? I would like to rake all the nay sayers and put them gfw to face with these gorgeous yet vicious creatures and see how fast their options would change! And its no good for someone who has never seen one in real life or to get there and go crying over the fact that the coyote was shot.. YOU DON'T KNOW THE DANGERS WE FACE EVERYDAY HAVING THESE THINGS RUN LOOSE! but like I said first wait till they attacks a child then see how many people supports the coyote!

    • Paula
      March 15, 2012 - 14:29

      The overwhelming ignorance, arrogance and prejudice in your comment speaks for itself. Nowhere in the article does it suggest Fleming shoots "everything that moves." It seems to me that he's an avid and experienced hunter who took his time (he tracked this animal for at least a month, according to the article) before pulling the trigger. I also fail to see anything in the article suggesting this man is uneducated. As someone who's lived in Newfoundland in recent years, I can tell you that with the growing coyote population, these animals have come too close for comfort for some communities. If you took the time to read the full article, along with comments below from several people actually living in the area, you would have picked up on that. Not everyone feels this way, of course, but that doesn't make their arguments any less valid. Granted some people do kill animals for the thrill of it. Personally, I am against hunting for pure sport. But that takes place in every province - not just NL. This wasn't a case of senseless hunting. And like the article notes, "Last year, some 1,100 dead coyotes were submitted..." How many do you think are still out there? Plenty more. I think FKM, a previous commenter, put it well: "Hunting these animals may seem like like a sport but is more so management of a food chain that may not recover if allowed to spiral." My point? Everyone is entitled to an opinion. But if you choose to comment on the situation, it would benefit you to have a balanced and informed perspective rather than making such insulting, unfounded judgments about not just Fleming, but the province as a whole.

    • Paula
      March 15, 2012 - 14:33

      The overwhelming ignorance, arrogance and prejudice in your comment speaks for itself. Nowhere in the article does it suggest Fleming shoots "everything that moves." It seems to me that he's an avid and experienced hunter who took his time (he tracked this animal for at least a month, according to the article) before pulling the trigger. I also fail to see anything in the article suggesting this man is uneducated. As someone who's lived in Newfoundland in recent years, I can tell you that with the growing coyote population, these animals have come too close for comfort for some communities. If you took the time to read the full article, along with comments below from several people actually living in the area, you would have picked up on that. Not everyone feels this way, of course, but that doesn't make their arguments any less valid. Granted some people do kill animals for the thrill of it. Personally, I am against hunting for pure sport. But that takes place in every province - not just NL. This wasn't a case of senseless hunting. And like the article notes, "Last year, some 1,100 dead coyotes were submitted..." How many do you think are still out there? Plenty more. I think FKM, a previous commenter, put it well: "Hunting these animals may seem like like a sport but is more so management of a food chain that may not recover if allowed to spiral." My point? Everyone is entitled to an opinion. But if you choose to comment on the situation, it would benefit you to have a balanced and informed perspective rather than making such insulting, unfounded judgments about not just Fleming, but the province as a whole.

    • gail
      March 15, 2012 - 17:28

      I have to comment what Dave D said ... Mr Dave you make comment on Newfie's , we are the most friendly people in the world . As for our education , who gave you the right to make such a nasty comment about our Province and our people . Its people like you, that make the world as a whole look bad .I'm glad you are from Alberta and not here in Newfoundland . Well to be honest you are very rude , how would you like it if someone made a comment about the people of Alberta that they are rude and uneducated " YOU GET A CLUE MAN " Newfoundlander's can't be that stupid , they are in Alberta talking your jobs and money ...........Anyhow as for the animal yes it is a shame for it to be shot dead but at the end of the day saftey has to be our main concern .

    • Elaine
      March 15, 2012 - 18:10

      And by your post , you sound really bright there Dave!...lol

  • Kat
    March 14, 2012 - 22:11

    Beautiful creature, definitely not like coyotes living in my neighborhood in Calgary. We are never concerned for our dogs, but I would be if they were all this size!

  • April
    March 14, 2012 - 21:53

    Wow big animal! I struck and killed 2 coyotes on Plate Cove Road this summer when I was home on holidays. It was just me and my 3 month old baby in the car. Scared the bejesus out of me. When I left NL 12 years ago there was no talk of coyotes. Now you can't swing a dead cat down home with out seein them. It's maggoty with them. I saw another one on the side of the road in King's Cove a few days later. Seems like they might be running riot down there...

  • George Smith
    March 14, 2012 - 21:49

    Wow is all I can say on two accounts. First the size of the animal. I would think definitely some wolf there. Second Wow to the people who are criticizing this act. These animals are populating all areas of our province at an alarming rate. Like any wild carnivourous animal they can be dangerous and are playing havoc on the caribou and to a smaller degree the moose population. The coyote is a great survivor. He has prospered in all other areas. When wild food sources get scarce they will sneek into barnyards and back gardens and feed on livestock and pets. To those that condemn killing this animal I can only assume that you spend little time in the great outdoors. Maybe your solution is to allow the coyote population to feed on the bountiful seal herds that we have due to a simliar desire to protect a species that is rapidly increasing.

  • tucker
    March 14, 2012 - 21:31

    Brenda can you please think before you write stop and think.. where you from anyhow going to media people like you are what makes newfies look bad. Shot whatever coyotes around I say. I read your comment and it really p***** me off...

  • Randy
    March 14, 2012 - 20:39

    Nice shot Joe.. Hope a lot of American Hunters see this. It could be the start of a whole new industry.. Congratulations bud

    • will to power
      March 15, 2012 - 14:45

      A few years ago I had the misfortune of sitting near a few American hunters while dining at a restaurant in the White Bay area. They were in the province to hunt bear for sport with crossbows. They managed to drive an arrow into a bear that day, wounding it, but the animal got away. They seemed so excited by the thrill of it all. Meanwhile, the poor animal probably suffered for days before it finally died. I can never get my head around the idea that some people take real pleasure out of making something die just for the fun of it.

  • Amy
    March 14, 2012 - 20:26

    Well, it's not hard to tell who are the Baymen and who are the Townies by these posts. I think the bigger issue here is the hatred between the two types of Newfoundlanders. Oh, and btw - there are pictures circulating around FB of the carcass hung upside down by it's two hind legs inside someones shed. This whole story, and the reactions from both sides makes me ashamed to be a Newfoundlander.

  • tyson
    March 14, 2012 - 20:17

    its definitely a wolf!!

  • Bobby Coombs
    March 14, 2012 - 19:40

    Im sure most of you people who are against the killing of this animal have had a taste of moose , rabbit , deer ,turkey or grouse in there life ! Where did you get it ? Your Dad ! Your Pop ! Your Uncle ! Your Freind !!! It was probably killed the same way .....HUNTED ....Do you care when its next to the potatoes and gravy !!! Probably NOT !!! If I was able to pick apart your life , do you think i would be able point my finger at you a few times ??? DAM RIGHT !!! Google Coyote Attack on humans & pets or watch a few Youtube videos. Then tell me what you think !!! COYOTE'S ARE LIKE SHARKS !!! BORN TO KILL !!!

    • Gordon
      March 14, 2012 - 23:56

      People don't eat coyotes or wolves. Your comparison makes no sense. Humans are born to kill also, what do you suppose we do about them. Your neighbours or relatives are more of a dnager to your kids than a coyte is. Smarten up people. Save your lame excuses.

  • yvette
    March 14, 2012 - 19:31

    awful....just awful....i swear you people would kill everything....the last pregnant everything.....and get off on it.

    • Heather
      March 14, 2012 - 22:47

      What is with all this killing for the fun of it. It is sad. Reminds me of the slaughter of the Indians. We will all be called to answer for our sins.

    • BR
      March 14, 2012 - 22:56

      So it's ok to have an animal in your neighbourhood that may attack your pets, your children or you ???

  • Gordon Wheaton
    March 14, 2012 - 19:25

    I have no problem with hunting or the seal hunt. But killing something for the fun of it is plain sick. You eat what you kill. With exceptions of self defense or maybe defending your cattle from being preyed upon. Killing animals for fun is how serial killers start out.

    • mark
      March 14, 2012 - 21:03

      they are fairly new to our province and are populating so quickly they are doing alot of harm to our ecosystem, our caribou heards are down by 85%, nfld is trying to get its heards strengthend and thees coyotes showed up at a bad time, google it! the only large predetor is a black bear here normally. The government actually has a bounty out on them, they give you money for the carcus. google it! they also give free coyote hunting courses to the public here, because they are extremely hard to hunt. i have attended 2 and you would be suprised how different our coyotes are from the rest in more then just size. dont be on here commenting without googling the subject first so you understand a little of what you are talking about.

    • Hunter
      March 14, 2012 - 23:49

      Gordon you are so out of touch with sportsman in this province that I can only assume you are not from here and thank Gog for small favors. People like you are why this world is so screwed up. To compare serial killers to the ethical outdoorsmen we have in abundance in this great province is just plain sick. You need serious help.

  • dennis sparkes
    March 14, 2012 - 19:23

    Im from nf but move away 28 years ago .Im now living in FT McMurray Alberta.i work for a oil company here and we have a problem with these animals here also. Last year our company hire a trapper to come to trap these animals. we had 7 people get attact by the coyotes .some had to go to the hospital to get stitches.so for ye people that don't like it what about evertime you go out for a big mac poor cow.

    • Shawn
      March 14, 2012 - 20:11

      Police in Labrador City are reporting that a fox has attacked and bitten three dogs in the area. RNC Constable Stephen Fitzgerald says wildlife officers and police responded to the call around lunch hour near A.P. Low Primary School. Fitzgerald adds the dogs are now being treated in a veterinary clinic in Lab City. They believe the fox may be rabid, and it's still on the loose. The Department of Natural Resources and the RNC caution the public to keep family pets inside. If you come in contact with this animal, don't approach under any circumstance. For further information, contact the RNC in Lab City at 944-7602 or 911

    • Gail
      March 15, 2012 - 03:59

      I think it's jus awful when people kill for sport or the trill of the chase n I'm afraid that it wat this seems like. He saw a beautiful larger than average animal n then sit out to kill, make a name for himself, get his pic in the press and maybe a bit of money for his story. What about the poor animal, what reward does she get. Jus a beautiful innocent creature enjoying being alive. People who do these acts of cruelty should be charged with an offence and fined.

  • Ruby
    March 14, 2012 - 18:53

    I wonder if the wildlife will print rhe true facts of this species, which I think is a wolf.

  • Hunter
    March 14, 2012 - 18:22

    Mr Fleming all I can say to you is Congratulations Buddy!!! Any hunter that gets a trophy animal in the Boone & Crocker or Pope & Young Record books is deservedly proud of themselves and Joe you should be as well. If reports are accurate and this is indeed the largest coyote ever harvested then its one for the record books. Nothing wrong with that. Jim Shockey would be proud :))

    • Michelle
      March 14, 2012 - 19:25

      When coyotes start visiting school yards....like they did on the east coast of Newfoundland last week, then yes we have a problem. Hunting them is the only way to solve the over population of the species.

    • lori
      March 14, 2012 - 19:54

      I live in an area where coyotes are plentful, in fact I stop to watch them mostmornings on my way to work, a hunter shoots a coyote and people jutify with negative comments towards the animal. I hear of more attacks from dogs, should we start hunting our neighbours pets? Hunting is hunting but don't justify with excuses are not true!

    • Shannon
      March 15, 2012 - 00:24

      Sad that killing and animal for fun makes people feel like a man. To hunt for enjoyment and not to put food on your table is crazy. For that person that discribed this as the same as a lion or bear you need help. Animals hunt to survive not for fun. I live in alberta now and see coyotes everyday and this animal is not a coyote. For those who hunt for enjoyment and NOT for food get a life.!!!

  • Dave
    March 14, 2012 - 17:44

    I've seen both. It is a wolf not a coyote

    • Pat Wells
      March 14, 2012 - 21:28

      Agreed - That is a wolf - see this link http://fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/management/wolf/wolfCoyote.html

  • Robert
    March 14, 2012 - 17:23

    I'm a Newfoundlander and proud of it. One thing I cherish and respect is our outdoors and also our right to hunt. Nothing wrong with hunting as long as it is done within reason. I agree with the bounty on coyotes as they are not native to the island and do threaten the balance of nature. Unlike in other parts of the country coyotes here have no natural predator, other than man. They need to be controlled. If not controlled they will overpopulate, their food source will diminish and pets and farm animals will be at risk. Not a good situation for a day in the woods enjoying nature with a child. Coyotes are wild animals and no one knows when one will attack a human. Killing an 82 pound coyote probably saved a pets or a childs life, maybe your child.............Think about it..........

    • Joe
      March 14, 2012 - 17:47

      Most well thought out comment yet. These animals are increasing in number and if left to multiply they will run out of food. They are animals... they WILL get desperate when they are starving. I'm sure they aren't venturing into town to check out the night life, they're looking for food.

  • Honna Hodder
    March 14, 2012 - 16:10

    Yes, this is a beautiful animal. It's just sickening to see it in this way. To The Telegram; I didn't need to see this picture.

    • L OSMOND
      March 14, 2012 - 17:37

      if you didn't need to see the picture, you shouldn't have looked at it... some of us are intrigued by such stories, this man did nothing wrong in hunting the animal as humans have done as long as we have been on this earth, it is a natural thing to do.

    • Kayla Decker
      March 14, 2012 - 18:35

      I consider that rather hilarious. You read the Headline before you even saw the pictures, but yet you clicked on it to view it. You may have realized there'd be a photo of a dead animal. If you did not want to see it, why bother clicking ? Very silly on your part ! I find it pretty funny actually , that when a hunter kills an animal that is potentially dangerous , there's hundreds against it . But meanwhile , there's thousands abusing their harmless pets (dogs,kittens,etc) and there isn't half the uproar. If you don't like to see these things, then simply , DO NOT CLICK ! It's really that simple.

    • Honna Hodder
      March 15, 2012 - 09:57

      I didn't click on the headline to view the picture. The picture appeared on The Telegram homepage with the headline displayed next to it. No need for me to click on anything. I just wanted to correct you in your error. Interesting that you seem to find so much humor in this.

  • neal wall
    March 14, 2012 - 16:08

    some of these comments i read a BS, first off i dont think he shot the coyote to have some fame.secondly i think if animals like coyotes,seals or even moose are a danger to humanity do whatever possible to prevent them from being a danger. A man shoots a coyote or a seal and theres a big fuss and so much negativity,but if a moose walks into the highway and kills a car load of four its sad but no one is really bothered by it untill its some one your close to, then you want to kill all the moose lol some people really make me sick i know if a coyote killed my child or wife the last thing i would do is try to relocate it.

  • Joe
    March 14, 2012 - 15:50

    Wow, I am officially hesitant to go into the woods alone. I never regarded coyotes as being intimidating but this fellow... yikes! I agree with some posters who say it's not a coyote... it's got to be a cross breed at least. I see a wolf...

  • Brenda Armour
    March 14, 2012 - 15:45

    "Fleming said he thought it was a lynx and hoped it wasn’t trailing him to jump him." Perhaps Mr. Fleming should move to the city where things are not so scary for him. Of course the measure of all men is the compassion they show for animals. Oh..but that would be lost on so many in the Maritimes who trap or hunt . The picture is tragic . Yes I'll be sharing on social media my disgust and outrage. For those who are afraid of being consumed by wild animals , you may also wish to pack your bags and leave with Mr. Fleming.

    • Happy
      March 14, 2012 - 18:37

      I'm not really sure where you're from nor do I care. You are commenting about this coyote knowing nothing. NL is not a part of the Maritimes so I guess we can figure that you have no clue about the coyote problem as you don't even know where NL is too.

    • J Medd
      March 15, 2012 - 05:48

      Maybe you should consider spending some time in the woods. Coyotes are an invasive species in Newfoundland with no natural limits on their population. They also don't fear humans so in terms of who is a danger to who its a push depending on the circumstances. Human predation might be the only way to keep the population in check. But go ahead and click away your outrage. Maybe you can start a "Save the Coyotes 2013" campaign. 2012 seems pretty booked up for social media events.

    • Paul
      March 15, 2012 - 06:11

      boo hoo....how cute....lets hope that you will share with social media the story of a human getting killed by one of these wild animals...it has happened....only brain dead people can sympathize with the killing of an animal such as this......treehugger....i will bet you eat chicken or fish or red meat. ?..hypocrite!

  • Tammy
    March 14, 2012 - 15:44

    I have been reading these comments all day and I can't believe some of them. Most of the people with the negative comments probably don't even live in a rural area and would have a fuss if someone said they had killed a mouse or shrew. This animal was in an area that people and families with children go to ice fish and for winter outings. This COYOTE has been seen by men in the woods and people on skidoo and didn't shy away from anyone. There are also normal size Coyotes being seen all over our town, they are in the middle of town, in people's driveways, backyards, etc. Most people are afraid to let their children outside. As for attacks by Coyotes being rare, even one human death is one too many. How would you feel if it was someone in your family. This man didn't do this for glory or to make a news story, he wasn't even the one who sent the pictures to the news, it was a friend of the family that did, the only purpose being to warn people as to what is out there in our backyards. Just because government officials or whoever does the coyote hunting workshops, etc says they are not a threat, I don't believe it. They also said not to believe people who are claiming to have seen large coyotes, but here is the proof. There was someone who came to our schools here and told our children that they have no need to be afraid of coyotes, they are more likely to be bitten by a dog than a coyote, well of course, you are around dogs a lot more that coyotes. I think it gives children a false sense of security and I still would not let my kids outside alone. Government don't always know everything, as we've seen many times. I am applauding Joe Fleming for ridding the woods of this massive coyote and so should everyone.

  • Chris P
    March 14, 2012 - 15:35

    Typical - some closed-minded tree-hugger always has to weigh in. As a fellow avid hunter, I congratulate Joe on his record harvest. Well done. And to those who are against him, I invite you to pick up any copy of the dozens of hunting magazines you find in any stores, or tune in to any hunting TV series to broaden your horizons and gain a bit of perspective. Hunting is as natural a thing for humans as it is for lions, tigers or bears. Aside from which, hunters do wonderful things for conservation. Where do you think the government gets much of the money they use for their conservation programs for habitat? Here's a hint: they wear camo or blaze orange. The fact is that without hunters and pro-hunting groups conservation initiatives would be in serious trouble.

  • frank hennebury
    March 14, 2012 - 15:28

    to all the tree hugging hippies complaining about the coverage of this and the killing of the animal. i wonder if you'd be protesting if this animal attacked your family pet , killed livestock on your farm , or even a danger to your children.lets be realistic , a wild animal this big could easily harm a child or even a grown adult.i bet you people are the same one who protest a war when our service men and women go off to defend our country , but say noting about the peace you enjoy from their efforts.I am an avid hunter , i am a man in a uniform and i congratulate him on a successful hunt.

    • neal wall
      March 14, 2012 - 15:46

      Very well said

    • Rick
      March 14, 2012 - 16:13

      So let me get this straight, the animal wasn't a threat in the community, he had to track it for over a month? Sounds more like a "THRILL KILL" to me. I was born and raised in NL but for the last 5 1/2 years I been living in Northern Alberta where Coyotes, Wolves and Timber Wolves (bigger and nastier than the woodland Wolf) run wild and nobody is living in paronoid fear. We've had Coyotes show up on a job site and they just sit there like a family dog and watch the activity. If someone walks towards the animal it runs away. Not exactly agressive now, is it? We all have a better chance of being in an auto accident in NL than an encounter with a Coyote, what's next, ban all cars too?

    • Colin
      March 14, 2012 - 16:33

      Yeah? I'm a man in uniform who has served over seas as well. All because you can kill something doesn't necessarily mean you should. If the guy were to have eaten it, or have been protecting his stock or kids then yeah I can see killing it, but just to kill something so you can stuff it and mount it in a sports goods store doesn't make you a man. Why the hell did you even bring our troops into this at all? It's completely unrelated. And before you go spouting off that you doubt my service, my name is Colin Keough in Edmonton, with 3VP. What unit are you from? Judging by how you flaunt around your a member of the forces to show off, I wouldn't doubt an imature purple trade...

  • Travis
    March 14, 2012 - 14:51

    Wow, I'm a fan of the hippy life, but you 'neo-hippies' are just ridiculous. Ever hear of over population people? Same goes with the seal hunt. We don't want to be overrun but these dangerous animals that will eventually harm an ecosystem where they never once existed and kill off animals like hare and evil harm humans. Likewise with the seals decreasing fish quantities due to overpopulation. You just don't get it do you? There's a reason usually for balancing this kind of stuff. Now also, I dislike the "buddy likes go shoot stuff wah!" mentality too but I don't see any other people doing anything about it.

    • stephanie
      March 14, 2012 - 16:01

      I don't see what the difference is between being overrun by BIG SCARY ANIMALS and the people in the world today.If we didn't invade the animals homes by building condos and malls just to fit THE PEOPLE of today then they would stay put.At times i wish i could corner some of the so called humans that run around and shoot them,oh that's right I CAN'T.

  • BI
    March 14, 2012 - 14:36

    As I previously said - was this way the only option. Worse enough until you see photos of the coyote hanging by one foot to be weighed. I hope this hunter remembers that it will only be a few days of fame. How disgraced I am to say that a Newfoundlander would show this in the news. How barbaric.

    • graham bowers
      March 14, 2012 - 14:43

      Much rather the coyote dead than somebodies animals or kids.

  • BI
    March 14, 2012 - 14:30

    I know our safety must come first, however, is the killing of this coyote the only option on the table? Why must we kill first and ask this question second. Maybe it should have been trapped and relocated somewhere else. Just my opinion, but we are starting to sound a little barbaric - what do other places do that have coyotes in their midst!!!

  • Dion
    March 14, 2012 - 14:28

    Mr Flemming lives in a town that is very near pasture land that I am fimilar with. He is very aware that coyotes since they showed up in the last few years are killing farm animals in very large numbers. I spoke to a gentleman who was walking his sheep from the pasture land to his barn a couple years ago and he had lost 8 sheep to coyote attacks the night before. This was not the 1st time similar attacks had occured. These sheep were killed and barely any of the meat was consumed. I felt terrible for the sheep and lambs that our family had feed just the day before, and the farmer for his loss of income. I also feel bad that some of these sheep would be slaughtered that fall anyway, but it would have been done quickly and provided a local organic healthy meat source for the people in the area and an income for the farmer and his family. Another concern of mine is that I have a little cabin on the edge of this pasture land which is also very close to town and my little girl is much smaller than a sheep. Common sense needs to be used wherever possible in these situations and there is no black and white solution.

  • Jessica
    March 14, 2012 - 14:15

    I suggest that those of you who think that coyotes never attack humans have a look at the following articles. http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2009/09/30/11224736-sun.html http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/local/article/181915--coyote-attacks-8-year-old-girl-in-oakville http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/846183--expert-stumped-by-recent-coyote-attacks-on-humans http://www.varmintal.com/attac.htm http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2009/10/27/ns-coyote-attack.html http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/02/10/nb-coyote-attack-stcharles.html Wild animals are exactly that - wild.

  • Kelly
    March 14, 2012 - 13:56

    I am a newfoundlander living away, i see coyotes all the time and they are more usually more afraid of you then you are of them. That being said, i would not leave my child outside unattended knowing there are so many near my home, even inside my 6ft tall privacy fence. I am disgusted that the Telegram would include the second photo. To see the wound and the blood, is just too much.

  • Dion
    March 14, 2012 - 13:51

    Mr Flemming lives in a town that is very near pasture land that I am fimilar with. He is very aware that coyotes since they showed up in the last few years are killing farm animals in very large numbers. I spoke to a gentleman who was walking his sheep from the pasture land to his barn a couple years ago and he had lost 8 sheep to coyote attacks the night before. This was not the 1st time similar attacks had occured. These sheep were killed and barely any of the meat was consumed. I felt terrible for the sheep and lambs that our family had feed just the day before, and the farmer for his loss of income. I also feel bad that some of these sheep would be slaughtered that fall anyway, but it would have been done quickly and provided a local organic healthy meat source for the people in the area and an income for the farmer and his family. Another concern of mine is that I have a little cabin on the edge of this pasture land which is also very close to town and my little girl is much smaller than a sheep. Common sense needs to be used wherever possible in these situations and there is no black and white solution.

  • Annette
    March 14, 2012 - 13:22

    I think Chasity has decided to go down swinging. Like those people opposed to the seal hunt, she doesn't want the facts to get in the way of her uneducated, uninformed, overly emotional knee-jerk reaction to the shooting of a nice looking animal. Chasity is probably one of those people who have an idyllic view of the wild without having spent much time there. The 19 year old singer from Toronto who was hunted down and eaten by a coyote in the Cape Breton highlands probably never gave much thought to it either. I'm not a hunter but I spend a lot of time in the woods and have been considering whether I should be purchasing a hand gun for just such encounters.

    • Kent
      March 14, 2012 - 13:49

      Speaking of knee-jerk reactions, uneducated and uninformed.... The coyote attack in Cape Breton was exceedingly rare, e.g. like getting hit by lightning, twice! Wolves and coyotes generally avoid humans at all costs. Don't go off the deep end because a single incident. Do yourself and favor and Google the subject of wolf / coyote attacks to get some perspective on the probabilities of being attacked. Here's a tip.... Look at reputable websites; not the National Enquirer; where clearly many of you get your supposed information.

  • David
    March 14, 2012 - 13:08

    Surely this bizarre occurrence will encourage the provincial government put another 5 or 10 million into studying waht could possibly be happening to the caribou...the study should be fast-tracked so that we have a final report within the decade...or so.

  • Rambo
    March 14, 2012 - 12:48

    Chasity - You were probably never outside your apartment building, or yet never see a tree not say the woods. As stated, most of rural NL backyards are the woods. These are not zoo animals. Oh they look pretty, lets go rub them down, and take my picture. Shoot them, then take the pic. My kids are more valuable, then taking the chance of them being harmed by a wild animal. I didnt see you comment, on all the sightings of the live coyotes roaming the streets..........oh yeah thats real news.......sorry.

    • Taylor
      March 14, 2012 - 14:10

      That's right, Rambo - all wild animals must be killed. Nature is dangerous. We must destroy it. First we kills all the nasty wild animals, then we crush all the rocks so nobody trips over them and burn all the sticks so nobody gets poked. What a ridiculous mentality.

    • Frank Hennebury
      March 14, 2012 - 14:20

      To all the tree hugging hippies complaining about the poor defenseless animal being killed. I wonder if you'd be saying that if it was attacking your family pet , or livestock of your farm or even your kids. You are probable the same people who protest a war but enjoy the freedom it provides you. And yes i am a hunter. I am also member of armed forces.

    • Taylor
      March 14, 2012 - 14:54

      Frank, I too am a member of the CF. I'm also a gun owner and marksmanship instructor. I have nothing against subsistence hunting - my family has done it for countless generations. However, I do not believe wild animals should be eradicated just because they are wild animals. If you are lucky enough to live in an area that is blessed with wildlife such as coyotes and wolves, you should take appropriate precautions. But there is no need for hysterical killing based on unfounded paranoia.

  • Freddy D
    March 14, 2012 - 12:46

    http://www.env.gov.nl.ca/env/publications/wildlife/index.html Interesting Info, and Call the guy from Wildlife that Deals with Coyotes before you toss out remarks that are wrong

  • scott Free
    March 14, 2012 - 12:40

    An interesting story with very intriguing comments. I wonder how many of these coyote/wolf animals would it take to decimate the caribou herd in the wild, to match the number of caribou slaughtered by the Quebec Innu, the model wards of the environment? By the way, an open question to the ministers of the clown, how is that file progressing? I remember then ministers Johnston, Collins and Dunderdale emphatically proclaiming, "they'll be prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law"! Anyone care to weigh in on it?

  • ter
    March 14, 2012 - 12:34

    H, You don't need wolves on the island for the hybrid to occur. Most likely, the cross happened on the mainland and came over the way most coyotes do. Probably a cross of the Eastern Canadian Wolf and a coyote...google the hybrid, the results are very similar.

    • jim
      March 14, 2012 - 13:06

      If this is a coyote is it the world record from my breif research the record was 70 something ponds

  • abcd
    March 14, 2012 - 11:55

    its is a cross between a wolf and a coyote. these are not all that rare in the eastern parts of canada. awesome animal at that. they have the bold, sneaky ,not scared of human traits that coyotes have and it will also have the sheer strength and killing power of a wolf. from some of the comments on here it sounds like some people have no clue what they are talking about probably the same people that have never steped a foot outside of city limits, but yet think they know everything about rural areas and the animals living near these areas. and to the person that commented about wiping out wolves then coyotes then moose give your head a shake man kind has tried every possible way to eliminate the coyote throughout the years, and none have them have even come close to working. in the end it has just made coyotes stronger and more adaptive then ever! they(coyotes) are the definition of a survivor, and are probably the most adaptive animal on this planet no matter what is tried to eliminate them. in all reality all these attempts to exterminate them have made them stronger! almost into a super coyote! and yes i live in the country. i have my whole life born and raised and an avid outdoorsmen in northern manitoba . kinda jealous that we only have wolves, and coyotes, and no hybrids yet at least i am not sure what is so different about the east coast but you people sure are lucky to have a creature with the best traits from both animals ! and i hunt! dont forget nature has its own rules everything runs in cycles and has a chain in command called the food chain. from the little bit i know about newfoundland this doesnt seem to be a bad thing that these creatures are around you guys need someway to keep your prolific moose population under control. i know lots of ppl hunt moose there as a way of live but hunters cannot keep the balance that nature itself can! im jealous of all the moose you have too! gotta get me moose boy! lol

    • H
      March 14, 2012 - 12:18

      The wolf or wolf crossbreed arguments would sort of make sense but for the fact that the Newfoundland wolf was declared extinct in 1930. If it is indeed a wolf/coyote cross, ti definitely merits further investigation as to whether or not wolves are somehow getting onto the island. If it's just a giant coyote, that makes it worth looking into as well, as coyotes that big could do a fair bit of damage. Knowing why it is double the average size could help make sure the province doesn't start having a giant coyote problem.

    • NewfieByy
      March 14, 2012 - 12:39

      it wasnt long ago that newfoundland didn't have coyotes, where do you think they came from? places like labrador where there are wolves and coyotes alike, and you dont think they breed every now and then, its not something usual but they do if you look at a coyotes bloodline, it will be hard to find a coyote that doesnt have a small % of wolf DNA in them and over the years in different generations the wolf genes might be more present in some pups down the line.. and also in most coyotes you'll find traces of domestic dog in their bloodline, ... i guess my point is just because wolves are not in newfoundland doesnt mean coyotes can't be somewhat hybred its pritty far into their genetics, some many coyotes will be born with traits of that of a wolf

  • Healthy Sceptic
    March 14, 2012 - 11:42

    Another hapless soul eeks out his 15 minutes of fame by claiming he has captured the Sasquatch. At he very most, this appears to be a coyote-wolf cross. As for Fleming's assertion that "wildlife officials are convinced it’s a coyote", I would have preferred an attributed quote from an official. There is no honour in killing a wild animal just to gain news headlines. Trophy killing is abhorent.

    • G
      March 14, 2012 - 14:00

      Healthy Sceptic, you don't believe in killing wild animals, would you prefer children being mauled by them?

  • derrick strong
    March 14, 2012 - 11:11

    I dont think that is a coyote,i have examined picture of coyotes and they nothing alike,i really think this is a wolf.The wildlife released a statement about 7 years ago saying they were thinking about bringing in the wolf to compete with the coyote,who knows and well we ever know

  • Ontario Hunter
    March 14, 2012 - 11:11

    Being a hunter from Ontario where I've seen both species, I can say that from these pictures and the description, at least to me it is that that this animal appears to be a wolf...MAYBE a hybrid. Coyotes have long pointed ears, are grey-brown in color, and have a long pointed snout. They also are NEVER this big. The largest recorded coyote was apparently 34 kg (wikipedia) which would make this a MUCH larger animal (almost 10% larger). Wolves have rounded ears, are usually white-black-brown in colouring and have a blocky snout. I'm also a little disturbed that this animal was apparently initially confused with a Lynx, at least according to the article, as a Lynx is typically about a 1/4 of this size (8-11 kg).

    • NewfieByy
      March 14, 2012 - 12:50

      Wrong, the coyotes here that I seen my uncle is a trapper rite, their snouts are short and conial pointed and their ears are relatively short and wide, real bushy tail they are a mixed dirty brown white and grey coloured fur around this time of year, i'm not sure if the shed to a different colour in the summer

    • Chad
      March 14, 2012 - 13:41

      The hunter was comparing the animal to a lynx, referrin to the tracks as the lynx has huge paws, compared to the rest of it's body.

    • AugustSeptember
      March 14, 2012 - 15:52

      Apparently he thought it was a Lynx based on the tracks - Lynx may be a lot smaller, but they have very large paws. However I was surprised by the line "he thought it was a lynx and hoped it wasn’t trailing him to jump him". Lynx are quite shy and tend to avoid humans - I'd be amazed to hear of one "jumping" a person!

  • FKM
    March 14, 2012 - 11:10

    Coyotes have no natural predators and an abundance of food in NFLD. They will continue to multiply rapidly and eventually will deplete their prey to a point where they will become increasingly dangerous to people, especially if people have an attitude like "these won't hurt me" . Hunting these animals may seem like like a sport but is more so management of a food chain that may not recover if allowed to spiral. Supposedly people put them there, in which case people should make sure these animals don't cause devastation to an ecosystem

  • dave morias
    March 14, 2012 - 11:07

    "If it moves shoot it ! If it doesn't move chop it down! " -

  • louis byrne
    March 14, 2012 - 11:05

    I wonder if those tree huggers on here were hugging a tree when this guy and about six or eight more of his pack came upon them,would they wish Mr Fleming was near by or would they try to pet them an cuddle them,It was people like those that took the food off our tables when we lost our seal fishery. put the hot lead to'em Joe, job well done.

  • Stephanie
    March 14, 2012 - 10:58

    Beautiful Animal

  • Devon Way
    March 14, 2012 - 10:54

    Coyotes are an invasive species not natural to Newfoundland. I see no problem with eradicating the whole lot of them. Newfoundland is not their "natural" habitat!!!

    • Pete
      March 14, 2012 - 12:06

      So what happened to the Newfoundland wolf....that was "eradicated" as well...why don't we just eradicate all animals besides humans on the rock and complete morons like yourself can be pleased.

    • will to power
      March 15, 2012 - 16:55

      Well said, Pete.

  • Gerry
    March 14, 2012 - 10:47

    I read an article of coyote and wolf cross breeding and this could be it a "coywolf" as they are called. They are much bigger then a coyote with stronger jaws so they go after bigger prey.

  • bcnewf
    March 14, 2012 - 10:45

    I have seen coyotes here in BC, unless this is a crossbreed, this is a wolf, but that is just my opinion...

  • MrMcMurray
    March 14, 2012 - 10:41

    Excellent Hunt, I don't understand people disagreeing with this "ITS A WILD ANIMAL" it will do and act on anything to get food! God forbid its not your child or even you! I bet opinions will change right quick! I don't think you complain when you eat that Turkey at Christmas or eat that Steak in the summer, give me a break.

  • Ed Power
    March 14, 2012 - 10:39

    This does not look like any coyote that I've ever seen. I saw many coyotes when I was living in Nova Scotia and Ontario, and most weren't much bigger than a medium sized dog. The ones I used to see frequently at CFB Borden weren't much larger than a fox, and the only way to differentiate them from a fox was by the tail and shape of the snout. In low light conditions they were even harder to tell apart. This animal looks very wolf like. It will be interesting to discover what the DNA makeup of this animal reveals. I think that when I go hiking from this point on I will be carrying a larger walking stick and much bigger knife.

  • Jim
    March 14, 2012 - 10:39

    We have already killed off all the wolves, next we'll kill off all the coyote, then cull all the moose because they have no predators, and of course let's not forget all the seals because they're eating the few remaining fish we haven't over fished. Sigh, I'd rather be killed by a coyote then continue down this path of destruction. It takes a braver person to live with and protect animals then to kill them, at a distance, with a high powered riffle.

    • frank
      March 14, 2012 - 15:38

      well , if you wanna be eaten by a coyote..i can drop you of in the woods and you can meet one

  • Lori
    March 14, 2012 - 10:28

    I live on the Bonavista Peninsula and I would like to thank Mr. Fleming for taking the time to track this animal and kill it. Our peninsula is relatively narrow and dotted on both sides with communities that have children, small pets and farm animals in abundance, not to mention our small but beautiful herd of caribou that I have been lucky enough to encounter on two hikes in Tickle Cove. You have done us all proud. These coyote/wolf creatures are carnivorous and if they run out of Arctic Hare, voles and squirrels, they will invade our space. We have a right to feel safe in our homes and back yards. Keep up the good Mr. Fleming and all hunters who are doing their part to keep us safe.

  • Darren
    March 14, 2012 - 10:24

    Hello! check his gene pool! Looks like a wolf to me...

  • sheena
    March 14, 2012 - 10:12

    If this beautiful creature came upon you in the wild, it would not have the same sympathy for you that many are showing for it. Personally, in my opinon which we all are entitled to, i think that with all the sitings lately one should not judge Joe and insult hunters, but be thankful that some poor unsuspecting adult or child will not come face to face with this large and powerful wild animal. This isnt a cuddly pet, god forbid it would have came upon a trusting child.

    • Cody Langdon
      March 14, 2012 - 10:44

      For you people that don't know or just don't realize, if you live in Newfoundland the woods is your backyard! These animals are roaming towns. People always wait until something happens to them before they realize that there is a problem. If you have a licence for it and it's in season shoot it, it's a menace. These animals aren't little pets you have at home, they're predators that will eat you, if they are hungry enough and if they get the chance. I wouldn't want to be the one facing that animal when I'm walkin in the woods, unless I have a gun...

    • Carl
      March 14, 2012 - 12:21

      What rubbish. A coyote, or even a wolf, will very rarely attack a human - especially an adult. They are most likely to detect your presence from a distance and avoid you. Same goes for bears. When they see and hear a human, they almost always leave the area - except in rare circumstances.

  • MIKE
    March 14, 2012 - 09:59

    Paul needs to get in touch with his roots. Coyotes are the Cockroaches of the mammal world kill one 10 more will take its place , there needs to be a control program in place Coyotes are getting out of hand . I know somebody in G.F.W that took 27 or so in 3 days hunting!!! for those 27 killed there are many more waiting to destroy the Caribou in the Exploits Valley.

  • dylan
    March 14, 2012 - 09:55

    i have seen and held dead coyotes that my friends dad killed but never seen a coyote this big

  • P. Rose
    March 14, 2012 - 09:55

    These animals are not native to the Island and are wreaking havoc on our wildlife. Get a clue . Greenpeacers no doubt!

  • Sue Lidstone
    March 14, 2012 - 09:52

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32976657/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/coyote-wolf-new-breed-predator/#.T2CeQQuMe6c.facebook

    • Leo
      March 14, 2012 - 10:14

      I have heard they are a cross between the timber wolf ands coyote,anyway ,get rid of them

  • donna
    March 14, 2012 - 09:36

    Heres a thought..... let nature take care of managing it's own eco-system. We have caused more problems to the environment than mother nature could have ever caused. If we stopped clear cutting wild animals natural environment then they would stay in their own habitat, but no, we must own and destroy the habitat so we can build and develop for our own needs and gluttony

    • Hunter Gatherer
      March 14, 2012 - 10:07

      First of all not a native animal. Second of all, it is a nuisance. Third they are dangerous, kill live stock, and may attack Children..and so on. and fianally, there is more than enough open country in this great province, that no animals are in danger. Is this Pam Anderson??

    • Proud Hunter
      March 14, 2012 - 11:03

      After reading some of the comments my first reaction would be to respond with anger and make some snarky one line rebuttal statements that make me feel that “I showed’em. However, emotion can easily cloud the facts and the moral high ground can be misunderstood or even misguided. With respect to all responders I submit the following. Firstly, I am a proud and passionate hunter. And with that passion comes a great responsibility to the game we hunt. It has been shown through out history that hunters are THE conservationists and make up the overwhelming majority. Another important fact is that loss of habitat is the number one reason for wildlife decline. Currently there are more Canada Geese, White Tail deer, Snow Geese, Wild Turkeys, Pheasants, in the history of the world. All this is a result of hunter groups like the Wild Sheep foundation, Pheasants Forever, and our own Ptarmigan Forever Society. To suggest that one is morally superior because they eat Free Range chickens is not in itself a sound argument although something one probably should do. Hunters eat the greatest free range animals of all. The number of animals starving during boom population cycles are reduced and the meat put to good use. As for this coyote, my greatest respect goes to this gentleman for the skill it took to take this incredible animal. As for why, I suggest we humans are part of the cycle and management of wildlife, including predators. With limited georaphical area predator control is paramount as can be seen with the massive decline of local caribou populations. Like it or not, it is the passion of hunters that drives us to ensure the animals remain. Just look who is trying to stop the increasing numbers of hunting licenses to supposedly protect driving our roads, it is the hunters themselves!

    • Abu Simbal
      March 14, 2012 - 11:14

      It is a mistake to believe that humanity is not part of nature. All creatures inhabit the planet together....we are animals like the rest.

  • Paul
    March 14, 2012 - 09:31

    This is disgusting, have we reverted back to the 18 century when the mighty white hunter has his picture taken over his prey. What did this animal do to deserve this? One was filmed near a schoool in Paradise he wasn't shot and proudly displayed. People get charged for cruelty to animals. Just yesterday in court a woman who was neglectfful to two cats under her care was found guilty and given probation because of the media coverage and public outrage the ramifications of this led to the loss of her job, her home, a chance at a second career and last but not least financially. A hefty price since firm evidence of the where abouts of the cats is still a mystery. Yet Great White Hunter Fleming from Spillars Cove (where ever that is) proudly displays his trophy. This is totally immorally wrong, why isn't he charged ?? It will be another black eye on the face of Newfoundland & Labrador, I wouldn't doubt it if this don't get national if not international attention, a great poster boy Fleming would make for Green Peace. We are our own worst enemies our ancestors wiped out the Beothuck Indians, the Newfoundland Wolfe, may be the Coyote could be next.

    • Lisa
      March 14, 2012 - 09:57

      We the people of Bonavista are afraid to let our kids out to play because of these Coyotes and yes he did the right thing by shooting it. I only wish there were more men out there like Mr. Fleming and kill them all off. They are roaming in our town now looking for food and our Children can't even feel safe to go out in there own yard and play. So keep up the great work Great White Hunter Fleming and make your town proud. :)

    • Tammy Kennedy
      March 14, 2012 - 10:13

      He shouldn't be charged because he has a licence to shot coyotes. Just like someone with a bear or moose licence. He should be commended for this, we are being over run in our town with coyotes even being in people's driveways. We can't let our children play outside safely. I wouldn't want to face this massive thing in my backyard!!!!!!!!

    • G. Parson
      March 14, 2012 - 11:53

      You sir, are an idiot. These animals are not native to NL and will destroy the few caribou remaining, plus they are a danger to humans. You would probably change your attitude if it was your child that became the next meal for one of those wolf/coyote aberrations of nature.

  • Glynn
    March 14, 2012 - 09:31

    This is not a coyote. This is obviously a wolf. If it is a coyote then the island of Newfoundland has a major issue. Coyotes are not indigenous to the island.....neither are wolves. Both are predators. I smell a recipe for disaster for Newfoundland wildlife.

    • mark
      March 14, 2012 - 21:25

      coyotes ARE native to newfoundland by definition, they migrated across the continent and came here naturally on the iceflow, wether it happend in 1985 or 1000 years ago they were not introduced. the snowshoe hare , red squirrel, and moose are just a few of the introduced species here that the coyote eats. someone could almost argue that if we didnt pack our island so full of food with no other predators to compete with ( besides humans and bears) the population here may not have blown up so quickly. regardless they are a problem here, they are bigger, on avereage, and more aggressive. Our caribou population will never recover with the coyotes in such large numbers. either way coyotes are indigenous, and before the newfoundland wolf was extinct, it was also indigenous. so Glynn...you are confused...

  • Mark K
    March 14, 2012 - 09:30

    This animal shouldn't have been killed. Would have been better captured and placed in a better environment. If something is a record siz if should be studied alive...not dead.

    • Hunter
      March 14, 2012 - 16:56

      Mark when you say placed in a better environment do you mean a zoo where constant stress is put on a WILD animal by all the gawkers like you who think animals in a zoo are cute... well get real buddy. This thing was an 82 lb walking appetite with teeth. Let me ask you if a guard dog, say a Rott or Doberman, approached you with its teeth bared would you be any more or less scared than meeting this thing in the woods? Nevermind your idea of the great outdoors is probably Bowring Park. Well I grew up in that park and I've seen moose there and if that wild animal can get in there then so can a coyote. Coyotes are a nuisance to our indigenous big game wildlife (caribou & black bear) and the one we introduced here 108 years ago, the moose. My motto... see a coyote... shoot a coyote

  • Freddy D
    March 14, 2012 - 09:25

    Baymen, go read the Government Website about Coyotes. Or take in a how to Hunt workshop. I hate it when people through out ridiculous statements. I have been reading up on Coyotes for years and have hunting alot of them as well. Coyotes "ARE" native to the province they came over on the Ice pack. If anyoone remembers the Ice pack in the 80's it was jamed with ice. Also government have had GPS collared coyotes take to the ice for up to 6-8 weeks feeding. Never ONCE touching land. And for god sakes I wish people would stop saying there is a "bounty" on Coyotes. It is a Carcass collection fee where government gives the public 25 dollars to cover the cost of getting the coyote to the lab where they do their research. IT IS NOT TO BOUNTY If you want more info call the Chap that does the How to Hunt workshops...Very knowledgable and tells it like it is.

    • FreddyD
      March 14, 2012 - 12:35

      Mr Parsons Get your facts straight, I am simply telling facts. Maybe you should do some research instead of putting fear into peoples minds. Are these animals wild? Yes they are, can they attack? Sure!!! but you have a 1 million percent higher chance of being attacked by a dog!!!. Call the wildlife bys and ask them about being NAtive to the Province.....As for my Child being the next meal give me a break.....You got a better chance of getting your arse stuck in a beer bottle. You should be more scared of a mother moose

  • grant
    March 14, 2012 - 09:19

    I have lived and worked around wolves, arctic wolves for years. this animal lookes like an arctic wolf, although i couldnt say for sure, but he certainly got some wolf in him.

  • Keith
    March 14, 2012 - 09:13

    From the pictures I've seen of Coyotes, that doesn't look like a coyote. It looks more like a wolf. Ears are too small and the snout too broad. Just because someone says its a coyote doesn't make it so. Guess, we'll have to wait for the DNA results.

    • Newfgirl
      March 14, 2012 - 22:06

      I agree Keith - but do you think they will tell the truth even it is a wolf?! They will hide this mistake - just like the government hide the issue with the Search and Rescue Helicopter when the little boy was missing ..... just MY opinion!!!

  • Lisa
    March 14, 2012 - 09:11

    The Telegram reports news events, this is a news event. The Telegram did not shoot the animal, get real Chasity. The world is not lollipops and cloud cars lol

    • Chasity
      March 14, 2012 - 10:37

      This would only be a "real news" event in Newfoundland. Why don't you get with the real world and read actual news?

    • Too Funny
      March 14, 2012 - 12:18

      " I will never read nor recommend The Telegram to anyone. ". Well that promise lasted only two hours - must be a politician in training.

  • Mary
    March 14, 2012 - 09:10

    They have been spotted in and near communities on the north/east avalon. People in the area hunt they but no success yet. They are quite dangerous and people are scared to go for a walk. Their numbers need to be decreased for the safety of the public. Good hunting, Joe! I hope you can kill a few more!

  • lorna
    March 14, 2012 - 09:08

    doesn't even look like a coyote..looks more like a wolf!!

  • Kent
    March 14, 2012 - 09:04

    Tigers kill people, sharks kill people, rhinos kills people, elephants kill people, lions kill people, bears kill people, snakes kill people, leopards kill people and the list goes on and on.... Should we annihilate every animal in the world because a person is occasionally killed by one?

    • BR
      March 14, 2012 - 09:29

      No, we shouldn't. However, if an animal could possibly kill a human, don't you think the animal should be killed?? If you think no, would you still say no if you met the coyote in your back yard??

    • Kent
      March 14, 2012 - 09:58

      BR, All the animals I mention above can possibly kill people... Did you get the point?? As I said, should we kill them all? Yeah, one could show up in my yard, or your yard, or someone else's yard. An airplane could also crash into my house because I live near the airport. Should I move? Or, should we stop all air travel.... Get the point BR?

    • BR
      March 14, 2012 - 15:18

      When I say possibly kill a human, I mean a specific animal, not all animals. Bears kill people but that doesn't mean all bears should be killed. However if a bear is hanging around a town, either kill it or trap it and send it back in the country.

  • Bayman
    March 14, 2012 - 08:55

    Chasity, You live in Newfoundland. In case you hadn't heard, hunting is very common here. Coyotes are not native here, and as such there is a bounty on them for such reasons as (but not limited to) keeping the ecosystem in balance and providing safety for residents. We should be made aware of the size these animals can grow to be, and as such this sort of thing should be in our local paper.

    • Nancy
      March 14, 2012 - 09:33

      Bayman, the same could be said for us in Newfoundland & Labrador. Unless you are of Native descent, then YOU are considered the same as the Coyote/Wolf - an intruder to this island and to Labrador. We, who are of European descent, could as such be considered to have a bounty on us for such reasons as (but not limited to) keeping the ecosystem in balance and providing safety for residents. So in that same theory, WE should have been hunted down for the potential harm that we could do to the Native residents of this province. With the history of this province - maybe we should have been - then the NL Wolf and Beothuk would still be here today.

  • Don II
    March 14, 2012 - 08:51

    A picture is worth a thousand words. Interestingly, for years, many folks including some in Government were saying that there were no coyotes in Newfoundland. Wrong again!

  • Hunter
    March 14, 2012 - 08:48

    This animals are destroying Caribou herds across the island!! This is not a friendly Husky like it looks to be! There is definitly some Wolf in this animal! Pretty scary if you ask me. Id shoot it if i had the chance! I guess your against the Seal Hunt as well!!

    • Join henderson
      March 14, 2012 - 15:51

      While I can appreciate why this magnificent animal was tracked and destroyed, it is still a shame, but to pose with it in such a manner, is simply shameful!

  • Chasity Strang
    March 14, 2012 - 08:36

    Really? Never have I ever been so ashamed to being a Newfoundlander. Disgusting all around. It's not bad enough that you have to kill them but then to proudly display it in the paper. Get a clue. I will never read nor recommend The Telegram to anyone. Way to go...you guys are a real classy.

    • KC
      March 14, 2012 - 08:44

      If it ate one of your family members, you wouldn't be too ashamed!

    • Taylor
      March 14, 2012 - 08:47

      Really, Chasity? If you haven't been previously informed, these things kill people, as well as animals. Two people in New Brunswick were killed in parks last year. One showed up on a schoolyard in Paradise the other day. Have your petor child attacked, then see how you feel!

    • Ron
      March 14, 2012 - 08:50

      Chasity; Learn about this. Coyotes are growing rapidly in population, twice the size as "normal coyotes" on the mainland. They are becoming a danger to communities. If you get a permit you can legally hunt them. Many have been found to be mixed with wolves. I am an animal rights activist and I am okay with legally hunting coyotes. My neighbor's small dog was killed by one. What next a young child out in its yard playing.... Put your anger towards the killing of endangered species.

    • Trevor
      March 14, 2012 - 10:30

      Chasity - Before you go spew your guts about this article, I must advise you to go pick up a copy of the newfoundland sportsman, better still, save your $4 and watch it on ntv - saturday afternoon! maybe you will merge with the mainstream of newfoundland culture and participate in some trophy animal hunting! this is far from inhumane, this is the society and culture of newfoundland. very disgraceful comment you posted and by the looks of it, you have insulted your fellow newfoundlanders. I must add- coyotes may have a bad name around the streets of newfoundland, but these animals are very timid, making them a very skilful animal to see, let alone shoot

    • love to hunt
      March 14, 2012 - 16:58

      boo hoo to the tree huggers! great job joe Id display that picture proudly, next to my seal clubbin pictures, ha ha, just kidding but i would display it proudly, keep em comin.

    • Rich
      March 15, 2012 - 08:17

      POOR, POOR, Chasity, and the rest of the helpless animal society , Grow the Hell up if you are ashamed to be a Newfoundlander then move across the waters were the human population is so hi that they have to have wars to keep their populations in check. Our Vets go over to ( hunt) the trouble makers to keep peace, but if we didn't want their Oil then they would have the same economy as ourselves The same goes for the COY-WOLF they want the great feed we have here, but have an extreme appetite for destruction, like any dog they eat until there is no more! Everything has to have its balancing act , so we HUNT!!!

    • saltheart
      March 15, 2012 - 18:28

      Hi Chasity, there was a young female hiker eaten by a coyote in halifax 2 years ago, just walking the public trails, look up the national geographic episode, it will open your eyes, you look at all these animals as pets when they look at you like their next meal,

  • Cara Lewis
    March 14, 2012 - 08:27

    So, this incredible animal was killed just for the hell of it? It posed no threat to humans...what exactly was the purpose? Bragging rights? Hunting is an important part of our society and culture, but sport killing is disgusting. Is there anything that distinguishes this from sport killing?

    • Taylor
      March 14, 2012 - 08:53

      No threat to humans? Did you hear about the two people killed in N.B. last year? I have a cabn out that way, and would not have wanted to run into it on the trails!

    • Nancy
      March 14, 2012 - 09:04

      I agree with Cara. This particular animal has shown no history of violence in this area. Taylor, keep in mind that WE are intruding on their natural habitat. You choose to have a cabin "out that way". Animals that have a history of attacking humans is a completely different issue than tracking one to kill it because it's so large. For all we know, this particular animal could be, or have the DNA of the once thought extinct Newfoundland Wolf. And we all know what happened to those animals.

    • wow
      March 14, 2012 - 11:08

      We are intruding on the natural habitat of the coyote. Hell, the coyote is not native to this province so essentially the coyote is intruding on our territory. And I tell ya what if you came face to face with one on a nature hike in the woods you better hope you have a gun and you would most definitely use it.

  • lonenewfwolf
    March 14, 2012 - 08:16

    das a wolf. no longer must i roam without a pack!!