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06/09/2010 12:54:49 AM · #1
Not a great picture; I should have grabbed my telephoto. So this is a 100% crop. We've twice seen this creature roaming around in the tall grass and woods across the street from our house. Only in the early evening. There's nothing in the photo to help with scale, I realize. Let me just say, if it's a dog, it's a damn big one!

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06/09/2010 12:56:06 AM · #2
Kind of looks like a fox or wolf of some kind, judging from the snout and the shape of the ears.

Maybe a homeless dog?

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06/09/2010 12:56:10 AM · #3
Coyote?
06/09/2010 12:56:43 AM · #4
coyote was my guess too
06/09/2010 12:59:00 AM · #5
Its got a pretty thick muzzle for a coyote, where was this taken?
06/09/2010 12:59:41 AM · #6
I'll take canine, I think it's a canine!
06/09/2010 01:01:45 AM · #7
Just north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There have been sightings of coyotes and foxes in this area. Not many stray dogs in this part of town though.
06/09/2010 01:01:50 AM · #8
Coyote. Apparently there are lots around western pa.
06/09/2010 01:09:07 AM · #9
If you were to flip this image around and zoom way out, I think it would look much the same as your picture. There more I look at yours, the more positive I become that it is a coyote
Coyote
06/09/2010 04:06:19 AM · #10
It's a horse-pig. There's a genetic testing lab just outside of Pittsburgh. Lots of straaaange things out that way. Lock your doors.
06/09/2010 04:11:51 AM · #11
Chupacabra
Google images
Are you from Texas?
06/09/2010 04:53:03 AM · #12
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

It's a horse-pig. There's a genetic testing lab just outside of Pittsburgh. Lots of straaaange things out that way. Lock your doors.

I'd have guessed spider-pig.
06/09/2010 05:08:05 AM · #13
It's a dingo. And it's got your baby...
06/09/2010 06:32:40 PM · #14
Originally posted by hahn23:

Chupacabra
Google images
Are you from Texas?


I have never heard of one of these before. Having googled the poor creature I think it may well be the result of some rather disgusting genetic engineering. Looks like a pig/canine cross with dissasterous enteric complications. I wouldn't really konw though coming from the other side of the pond !
06/09/2010 06:42:06 PM · #15
Its an adult Arborvita. They usually only come out at night. Its a good thing you didn't get any closer. Extremely agressive.
06/09/2010 07:00:28 PM · #16
Coyotes are generally NOT very big though. About 30-40 lbs at most. Although it is rumored that the coyotes in the northeast are somewhat larger, they are still smaller than wolves, and much smaller than a female German Shepherd.

Here, just outside of Raleigh, NC, I have seen coyotes go by our apartment building, and they are fairly smallish.
06/09/2010 07:11:11 PM · #17
Zoomed way in, it looks like a dog. Coyotes have a thinner muzzle.
Although, horse-pig is sounding FAR more realistic!
06/09/2010 07:13:11 PM · #18
Definitely a chupacabra. I'm a chupacabra hunter.
06/09/2010 07:40:38 PM · #19
pennsylvania? close enough it could be the jersey devil.
06/09/2010 07:40:44 PM · #20
I have an Albino chupacabra.

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06/10/2010 01:29:16 AM · #21
Thanks everyone! I think.
06/10/2010 11:00:18 AM · #22
Australian cattle dog?
06/10/2010 11:29:35 AM · #23
Whatever it is, it's a canid, it's big and feral at the very least if not wild. So be very, very careful. In my area (southeastern Ontario) we have wolves and coyotes. Now I hear that we have coyote/wolf hybrids, and the less surprising wolf/dog hybrids. The dog part of them helps nullify the more cautious wolf part.

I once saw a wolf and/or wolf/dog cross a few years ago, in full daylight, only a few minutes' drive from where I live. That beast was HUGE, at least the size of a large German shepherd, and was clearly in very good weight and coat. I saw it from about 30 ft away (no camera, of course :-/ and when it saw me it just turned and trotted back into the woods, smooth as silk, and it was absolutely silent the whole time I watched it, about 30 seconds. That night the owners heard wolves howling very close by.
06/10/2010 03:02:34 PM · #24
My guess would be a coyote pup, which would still be somewhat thicker in the head & snout than an adult.

We have more coyotes hanging about than I can shake a stick at (and I have shaken sticks at them, and blown whistles and generally tried to chase them away). They've gotten to be bold buggers around here, one stood just off the bottom of my step one night when I came out the front door (of course no camera... or gun), looked at me and casually trotted off to the pasture.
06/10/2010 03:30:13 PM · #25
Originally posted by JustDucky:

My guess would be a coyote pup, which would still be somewhat thicker in the head & snout than an adult.


OP says: "Let me just say, if it's a dog, it's a damn big one!"

Leaves out pups. A full-grown coyote isn't even a particularly big dog, at least by my standards.

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