Coyote Spotted off Richard Avenue in Concord’s Estates Neighborhood

October 17, 2012 1:06 am · 38 comments

This little guy was waiting for a family in Concord’s Estates neighborhood to come home on Tuesday night, and he sure did give them a surprise.

The coyote, who looks young, ended up running away after the picture was snapped.

If you have cats in the area, keep them inside, because he looks hungry.

bumper October 17, 2012 at 1:21 AM

It’s not a coyote. Looks like a red-tail fox.

Anon October 17, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Thank you for posting this. It is so sad to her the cats being attacked and eatecoyote by the coyotes. Maybe this will help parents of cats keep their furry children indoors.

Antler October 17, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Looks more like oneathose pop-eyed chihuahuas to me!

noflow October 17, 2012 at 5:17 AM

Foxes eat cats too. Keep your fuzzy ones inside, they really do not “need” to be out.

Stacinator October 17, 2012 at 5:23 AM

That’s a gray fox, not a coyote.

Horse'n Around October 17, 2012 at 5:50 AM

It’s a fox. How cute.

Scoots October 17, 2012 at 6:25 AM

That is not a coyote. It’s just a fox but it can still eat your kitty.

Shiloh October 17, 2012 at 6:55 AM

Dana estates? Bishop estates?

Ghost October 17, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Beautiful picture! However, this is not a coyote. This is a grey fox which is often mistaken as a Red fox due to the colors of the coat, and are considered non-native to this area. The San Joaquin kit fox are also a species that resemble a red fox and they are native in this county. Grey foxes can be a bit aggressive if countered in a cornered space such as a porch so give the animal room to maneuver. Primarily they feed on rodents, small reptiles, and ground nesting birds. Cats can become prey but not often the case. Compliments to the photograher who took the shot!

mortimer October 17, 2012 at 7:08 AM

Anyone in the area need a new coat?

TJW October 17, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Looks like a fox to me too.

DoReMi October 17, 2012 at 7:20 AM

lol. They are sending their kids out now.

zorphious October 17, 2012 at 7:35 AM

That is a little coyote. He looks more scared than anything.

bumper is correct October 17, 2012 at 7:50 AM

It definitely looks like a fox.

rnm October 17, 2012 at 8:18 AM

fwiw: we saw a real coyote last night off treat (@ lynn — near cowell).

judaspriest October 17, 2012 at 8:27 AM

looks like a well fed corn snake to me

me October 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Ghost has it right. Definitely a fox. One thing he left out is that they can also climb trees- I think the only canine in N. America that can climb trees.

Distinguishing between fox/coyote? October 17, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Thanks to everyone who is stating it is a fox. Can you educate the audience about how to distinguish between a fox and a coyote?

Beautiful October 17, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Beautiful critter. Love the picture.

Yep…keep your domestic critters indoors especially at night.

jtkatec October 17, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Hey, where’s the cornsnake comment?

Fox October 17, 2012 at 9:38 AM

It is a fox. It’s stature is much smaller and compact. Also, the coloring. Coyotes are lanky and taller. They also are grey/brown but not red. And their faces are much more like a big dogs face with a larger, longer snout.

@Ghost – looks like a Red Fox to me. Grey Foxes are the native species. Reds were brought over from England and now Greys are almost extinct in this area. (You may have said this but it was unclear which species you meant.) The grey foxes I have known in wildlife rehabilitation are not this red and have very little red at all.

jtkatec October 17, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Judas, thanks for that. I was getting worried we Claycordian flunked the fauna portion of flora and fauna.

Charles-the-cat October 17, 2012 at 10:10 AM

@Distinguishing between fox/coyote? – anvils. look for falling anvils.

Sunfish October 17, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Ah jtkatec, tsk tsk……

Enfield303 October 17, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Early trick or treater?

Zoey October 17, 2012 at 10:32 AM

You guys are all wrong!!!!

It’s a cat in a fox costume getting ready to trick or treat!

Apparently, it’s a great costume, although mama’s gonna be mad when she discovers her fox coat missing!!!!

Shannon October 17, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Zoey…..that was a good one!!

warbirds45 October 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Beep Beep !! It’s the under cover ACME supply store. He ordered 50 pounds of TNT and some rope!
Go Giant’s !!!!!

pat October 17, 2012 at 10:46 AM

We have a lot of coyotes here in Nevada. That is not a coyote. Coyotes have long legs and scruffy coats. They look leaner and hungrier than that animal. They just don’t look anything like that fox.

My Doorstep October 17, 2012 at 10:58 AM

We were thinking fox at first glance as well. When I started looking at pictures of coyotes it’s stance and legs when it was standing all the way up resembled more of a coyote than a fox. Guess we were wrong. In any case…people who have ground nesting birds..make sure you have a good fence to protect them.

KooKooKaChoo October 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM

It’s a San Joaquin Kit Fox.

judaspriest October 17, 2012 at 12:36 PM

i was wrong its an obama

park naturalist October 17, 2012 at 2:39 PM

I work for East Bay Regional Parks, and I can tell you this is a gray fox, which is native to California. The red foxes are not. These animals generally have more in common with cats than with other dogs (e.g. they are eaten by coyotes, they can climb trees like cats, they are secretive [usually!])

It will not eat your cat (unless it’s a helpless kitten.) These are awesome creatures and seeing one up close is a real treat!

Mayor, please change the title to: “Gray Fox spotted off Richard Avenue…”

NotPC October 17, 2012 at 4:33 PM

If it finds my cat he will be a blood Red Fox. My kitty is a bruiser. I think he’s pi$$ed because he fixed. . .

NotPC October 17, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Sorry – bad English grammar – that should be “he’s” fixed, not “he”.

Ghost October 17, 2012 at 5:39 PM

@ Fox…
Yes the Grey Foxes are a native species, Red Foxes are not. You stated you worked in wildlife rehabilitation and have not seen a Grey fox with red color. I’m a wildlife biologist and from trap and release programs that I work for along with Cal Fish and Game, and California Habitat Council. There are many projects where we determine disease density, and other efficacy studies, e.g (plague, rabies, mange, etc) ….Ive never seen a Grey fox to not have any redness to their coat not even in a juvenile stage. I can highly assure you that Grey foxes in numbers are not considered extinct as you mentioned…… unless you meant parts of England.

@Park Naturalist…Thank You for educating those here on Claycord!!!

Antler October 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM

#18, see the distinct division between light fur and reddish brown on its chest…also can see white blazing down the front of rear leg? Coyotes aren’t that “pretty and precise” re markings.

Surprises me that it stood still with humans approaching.

Still looks like a chihuahua to me….wearing its Halloween LED eyes!

J. October 18, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Foxy.

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