Encountering Coyotes: Signs of Coyotes
The Tail Tell
First, look at the tail of the animal. Is it big and bushy? Held high and wagging? A short little bobtail?
A coyote’s tail can be full or slim. It’s general appearance is like a paintbrush, the tip often dipped in black ink. A coyote’s tail does not touch the ground. Instead, it is held straight or low and often ends around the ankle (or hock).
You’ll never see a coyote’s tail held high or wagging. If you see that, you are probably looking at a dog.