Black Coyotes

“Black Coyotes” are an unknown population of black-furred canids, probably melanistic coyotes, seen in the Eastern Great Lakes lowland forests around Caledon, Belfountain and Mono, near Brampton, Ontario since the 2010s. They resemble ordinary coyotes, but have a completely black coat, occasionally with a grey or white patch on the chest, and are significantly larger, being about 60 pounds, unlike the ordinary weight for a coyote, which is 20 to 40 pounds.


The first sighting that caught the public eye was In 2015 when a crew of railway workers from Brampton claimed to have seen a completely black canid along the tracks in Caledon. There was no evidence of these unknown canids besides anecdotal accounts until 2016, when Deanna Gardiner, a resident from Mono, took two photographs of a “black coyote.” If the animal she photographed was a melanistic coyote, it would be one of, if not the only photographs of one outside of the southeastern USA, and would be some of the largest known coyotes.

Deanna Gardiner's photos of the animal

Deanna Gardiner's photos of the animal

Deanna Gardiner's photos of the animal

Deanna Gardiner's photos of the animal

Deanna Gardiner's photos of the animal

Deanna Gardiner's photos of the animal