Okay, is it just me, or does this “coyote mount" look more like an Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler dog, rather than an actual coyote?? A poorly mounted one of course, but yeah.
They got it from an Estate Sale so I really wonder if the original person shot a dog, thinking it was a uniquely colored coyote, and then got it mounted? Or maybe it was their pet. Or maybe a coydog with a LOT more dog than coyote??
I don’t know, but I somehow doubt this is a “purebred” coyote. Despite that all, the fur is beautiful. But really, what do you think?
Looks like the skin didn’t quite fit the form, which is probably part of the reason it’s such a terrible mount. Besides, that’s a really weird pose for someone to pick for a pet dog, as is the eye color.
Given that, I’m leaning heavily toward the “Ooops. I shot a dog. I’m going to pretend it’s a coyote and have it mounted on a coyote form even though it’s probably not going to fit and see how it turns out” option.
It’s almost like the person who shot it was so in denial about having killed a dog that they went to every extreme they could to make it into a ‘coyote’ instead. Whoops.
I was thinking that it was perhaps a “pet” mount that was done on a coyote form because nothing else was available. But then, why the yellow eyes? What an…interesting conversation piece.