CONGERS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There was a warning Monday night about an unusually large animal roaming through Rockland County.

As CBS2’s Brian Conybeare reported, it is a hybrid of two dangerous creatures – and it’s called a coywolf.

The animal is an eerie sight through the fog at the Georgetown Manor condos on Route 303 in Congers – part coyote and part wolf.

“It looks larger than your average coyote,” said Nyack resident Sean McCormack. “Very scary, yeah, very scary’”

McCormack, who works as a plumber, took cellphone video of what is believed to be the same animal last week on North Midland Avenue in Upper Nyack, where h said it crouched down and may have been hunting a woman taking her trash cans out to the street.

“It seemed to be stalking her and kind of followed her back up onto her driveway,” McCormack said.

“It’s a coywolf — basically it’s a mixture of a coyote and a wolf,” said Clarkstown police Officer Peter Walker.

Clarkstown police took a photo of the animal Monday morning and are warning people to stay away from the creature, which is technically known as the eastern coyote.

“These are coywolves,” said Marko Kos of Chaos Wildlife Solutions.

Kos and his company have trapped several of the genetic hybrids. He said all eastern coyotes have some wolf DNA due to crossbreeding in the wild over the past 20 years.

The coywolf is larger than most regular western coyotes – up to 75 pounds. They have different coloring, with more gray in their coats, and at times can be a threat to both pets and humans.

“The wolf — they have their wildlife tendencies to attack or they’re more curious, so anything that they see. they’re going to follow; they’re going to investigate,” Kos said.

Clarkstown police said if the coywolf is spotted again and acting aggressively, they will take whatever action necessary to protect people.

That could mean calling in a licensed trapper, or it could mean shooting the animal on the spot.

“God forbid if it was about to attack a human, then we will do what we have to do to stop that threat,” Walker said.

Otherwise, it will likely trot back into the woods.

Experts said if you encounter a coywolf, you should make a lot of noise, scream and wave your arms to make yourself seem bigger.

Comments (5)
  1. Pls look up Taylor Mitchell.

  2. John Glowa says:

    Baloney!!! Talk about FAKE News! The reporter needs to do his homework and he needs to interview experts on these animals. All “coyotes” in the northeast are “coywolves”. Based on the video, it was certainly not acting strangely nor was it stalking a woman. Coywolves are important predators and will help to control populations of mice and rats as well as deer. Stop with the sensationalization and fear mongering at the expense of this animal that has done no harm to anyone.

    1. Lese Able says:

      Who writes this stuff??!!! What idiots. OMG. Talk about spreading fear, sensationalism and FAKE NEWS! This “journalist”is a joke. There isn’t a single “fact” in this article except for there is a frightened Eastern coyote in the area. So what, they are everywhere, and we coexist with them just fine. They aren’t “75” pounds, they aren’t “acting aggressively” they are just there. You city folks are ridiculous. UGH. Leave it alone! It is after the rats and mice, thats it.

  3. P.S. to my previous comments. To learn more about the Eastern Coyote, refer to the June 2014 issue of NY State Conservationist (produced by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation) – there is a more in-depth article about the coyotes that inhabit our state. Here is the link:

  4. The Eastern coyote has always had wolf DNA. When they made their way east many years ago, they bred with wolves. Hence, the animal is larger than the mangy coyotes out west. We have captured videos of coyotes on our trail cam at our Catskills home. They are large and healthy looking animals. We hear them sometimes up there, but have never seen them. They mostly avoid people. This story is making them out to be monsters that everyone should be terrified of, but that is jus not the case!! If one was seen acting strangely in Rockland county, it could be rabid and then caution is necessary. But typically, they are elusive creatures.

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