Indeed, this migration is a fascinating thing. Taking advantage of the changes to their environment made by human activity, the coyotes have moved east--and they've bred with wolves while doing that. (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/08/0806_020806_coyote.html)
This is bad news for the red fox population, as coyotes tend to take over the habitat, and force the foxes to the fringes of their territory. (http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1039&context=coyotesw. https://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/f2013/eidensch_matt/interactions.htm)
And as you can see from the photographs below, there is now at least one coyote in Cromwell Valley Park. These photographs were captured on the west side of Minebank Run, about 120 meters north of the Sherwood Farm Bridge.
There is a report of another coyote sighting recently in the park. If any of you have any photographs or sighting reports, I'd like to see them. Perhaps we can get some idea of the population numbers, and whether or not there is breeding activity occurring.
It's going to be fascinating to see what happens in the future.
Coyote's aren't the only animals active in the park. There also are red fox, raccoon, deer, squirrels, rabbits, robins, northern flickers, and mourning doves.
Enjoy the pictures.
And don't forget to go outside and play.