BDRR’s founder, Nicole Asher, later spoke to The Dodo about the report. “He was being sighted constantly, playing with them [the coyotes], running with them,” she recalled. “How he integrated with them we don’t know. We have no idea.”
Asher did explain, though, that such behavior isn’t as uncommon as it might appear to be. “It’s not unheard of. There are coy dogs out there, coyote-dog hybrids that happen when dogs and coyotes mate,” she said. What is unusual, however, is getting to witness the different animals’ interactions.
The primary reason for this is that coyotes are wary creatures, and people and big dogs can unnerve them. Hence, they often keep their distance. But as with human beings, the temperaments of coyotes can vary. And sometimes they give in to their curiosity and have been observed interacting with dogs.