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Wild Stuff: New Coywolf Sighting In Hudson Valley Caught On Video

Sean McCormack of Congers took this footage of a Coywolf on North Midland Ave in Nyack.
Sean McCormack of Congers took this footage of a Coywolf on North Midland Ave in Nyack. Video Credit: Sean McCormack

There's been another coywolf sighting reported in Rockland County, this time in Nyack by a local plumbing contractor and aspiring author who managed to catch the canid hybrid on video.

Sean McCormack noticed the coywolf on North Midland Avenue around 3 p.m. last week, because of its size.

"I've seen coyotes and they seem scraggly and not well-kept," said McCormack, who is a Congers resident. "At first I thought it was a dog and then realized what it was. It was pretty scary because it didn's seem afraid and was on the hunt."

The author of "I've Seen It All," who is always looking for something to write about life, immediately stopped and began filming the animal.

McCormack, who works for the family-owned BMC Plumbing, said the coywolf on North Midland Avenue crouched into a stalking position when he spotted an elderly woman taking out her garbage cans. He said he managed to scare the wolf/coyote hybrid away by whistling and making noise.

"I hung around for quite a while warning people who were walking dogs and children," added the Clarkstown North High and St. Thomas Aquinas College grad. "It was very scary and I didn't want any small children or dog to be hurt."

This is the second sighting of the large wild animal that is descended from coyotes and gray wolves. They can become very large, weighing up to 75 pounds, and they most times have more grey in their coats.

The first coywolf was sighted on Monday, Dec. 4, in Congers, according to the Clarkstown Police.

Police said if the coywolf begins acting aggressively towards people or animals, they would get a licensed trapper involved or kill the animal.

Wildlife experts say to stay away from the animals who have been known to attack small animals including cats and dogs.

Experts say besides keeping your distance, making loud noises, such as shouting or banging pots together, will scare the animals away.

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