Coyote washes ashore in Edgartown

A coyote found Saturday morning on the shore of Cow Bay. —Courtesy Town of Edgartown

A coyote was found washed onto the beach Saturday morning on the shoreline of Edgartown’s Cow Bay. Cow Bay is adjacent to Beach Road in Edgartown. The animal was identified as a coyote by Edgartown Animal Control Officer Kim Andrade, according to Edgartown Police Chief Bruce McNamee. 

Coyotes aren’t believed to be established on the Vineyard, though there have been some trail camera captures of the animals. They are sometimes found washed ashore on West Tisbury’s northwestern shore. It is believed they try to swim from the Elizabeth Islands, where there is a population of them. Vineyard biologist Gus BenDavid previously told The Times, “If these animals get established on the Vineyard, they will cause a lot of problems for a lot of people, farmers, pet owners.”


  1. I would imagine that coyotes would be more of a problem for the pet than the pet owner.
    But on the upside , they do eat skunks. It’s not their preferred meal, but they will eat them occasionally.
    I have heard from some people that building that southern border wall will keep coyotes out of the U.S. Perhaps we could build a wall between the Elizabeth Islands and the Vineyard.

  2. It is inevitable that a pregnant female or breeding pair of coyote will make it to MV. When that happens a number of things can and will happen. The turkeys’ days are numbered…! As will be the skunks..! The next will be the errant dogs, cats and unwanted pets people drop off into the state forest to fend for themselves…! The next are farm animals, lambs, goats, sheep, calves, foals etc. as well as our cherished indoor/outdoor pets. Though it has not been proven yet, unsupervised babies and young children are on a look and see menu.

    Coyotes are not something to just hope they won’t find a way here. It is time to really take a serious look at the inevitable and plan for it.

  3. I am the rare individual who goes north for the winter, living the rest of the year in NH. We have so many predators & a thriving population of eastern coyotes. Yes they can be a problem for unprotected chickens & other farm animals, but you can adapt & with vigilance protect them.
    Coyotes do prey on deer & is there anyone on MV who wouldn’t want to see fewer deer?? The only sure fire way to control Lyme disease is to control the deer population. Deer play a critical part in the deer ticks life cycle, without deer, the deer tick couldn’t survive.

  4. “Though it has not been proven yet” Nope. When I was in Los Angeles in the 1970s, an 18 month old child was attacked and killed near downtown LA in a back yard when the mother went inside to get some iced tea. Look at Wikipedia article that detailed a long list of attacks.
    And the LA coyotes I’ve seen out there are quite a bit smaller than our Eastern coyotes.
    We really do not want them here on the island.

  5. I’m tellin ya, first Coyotes, then the Werewolves. 😱😱🤷‍♂️. Seen it happen in the Adirondack Mtns. 😳😂😂

  6. MVT: “Coyotes aren’t believed to be established on the Vineyard, though there have been some trail camera captures of the animals.”
    Me: I guess that means they’re already here. Right?

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