I just saw a video news report on cnn.com where a family in Maryland videotaped this animal that's been running in their neighborhood. They have nicknamed it hyotie, coyotie, hyenia cross???? Nobody knows what it is, but it is the wierdest looking thing I have ever seen. Have y'all seen this? Wondering what you thought it might be.
The people who lived across the street from me had a dog that seriously resembled a hyena. It was a brindle striped short-haired dog with prick ears. I strongly suspect 'tiger' was some kind of pit bull/GSD cross. That would explain the low slung hips.
This thing looked like the back half or so was hairless and the front had kind of long orange or brown looking hair. It was very friendly and was eating the cat food. It comes out in the daylight. Very strange!
I was listening to Y100 this morning (that is a radio station in NJ-DE-PA) and they were talking about it. Strange looking animal...it does really resemble a hyena. They said that it hasn't harmed anyone yet...so lets hope that it keeps it's distance. I live in southern NJ, I moved recently but where I USED to live they were always letting animals go from the zoo. The area that I used to live in was heavily covered in woods so it was the perfect place to let bears, mountain lions, pumas, and other such animals go. About a month or so ago they caught a white cougar...and almost 5 months ago they caught a black panther. All the animals they let go are always killed only days after they are first spotted since the hunters are such a large group in the area and they mistake the animals for other things such as deer. When I moved they were looking for something that stands almost as tall as a deer but it is white and gray...so no one is sure of what it is yet...but rest assured it will be killed by a hunter and then they'll know what it is. They let the animals go in hopes that they will reproduce (since they let out a male and female) and the population can grow. It's so stupid and they cover it up by saying that they don't let the animals out and then they pay off the hunters to give them the body of the dead animals so that no one finds out about it. Needless to say...that is one of the reasons we moved.
I think it looks like a hyena, also, but hyenas cannot be mixed with a cyote, they are not even a speicies of canine. They are more closely related to cats than dogs, but they belong in a family all there own called hyaenidae. That is really weird. Maybe someone was keeping one as a pet or maybe one ezcaped from the local zoo?
It is a very ugly animal. I think I did see something simialr to it in the Lord of the Rings movie. I do know that I would not want to run into it on a dark street. I used to live out in the country and we always had probalems with mountain lions and timber wolves. You couldn't go walk around the property without a gun. Scary. We moved after a few of our dogs and cows started to get killed. To get up the driveway you had to get out and open a gate but once there was a mountain lion laying underneath it. Lets just say we didn't get out. I'll never move back out to the country. oscars pics http://www.dogster.com/?50558
After having had a fox in our home for nearly a year while it recouperated from injuries, I can tell you one thing...THAT ain't no fox! Wrong leg length, wrong body shape, wrong neck...not to mention the muzzle/snout looks like a darned anteater! SOme wildlife experts THEY are if they think that sucker is a mangy fox! lol~
Not a fox, a hyenia, coyote.....but I'm not sure that's it either. Someone said earlier they can't even breed. Now I have to say this...They let animals go from the zoo??? That's awful. They've been in captivity and think they can just let them go and they will reproduce, let alone survive! What a bunch of morons. I'm glad you moved. I have no idea what this thing is, but I wish I knew. Just out of pure curiosity now.
I'm glad I moved too...the dogs were going crazy at night and wouldn't go to sleep because of the animals in the woods behind our home. They let animals go from the zoo and there was an animal refuge place that lets animals out when it gets over crowded...and none of these animals are animals that need to be out and about in southern NJ!