I’m currently working on a project at the University of Michigan on deer behavior and we have some camera traps set up at several sites across the state. At one of our norhtern sites we’ve been seeing a lot of coyotes and wolves but we’re not confident in our ability to tell the difference from the photos we have. Any chance somebody could help us out with these?
You probably already know this, but there are a couple of unreliable "tells" at work – more distinctive markings on the face, more robust body, less bushy tail for the wolves. It’s hard to get a size from the pictures, so that’s not too useful. It LOOKS more like a wolf, but it also looks like the same individual, which might indicate a lone coyote.