Coyotes have been seen in the Garden recently. James saw a pair early in the week, one trotting off with a squirrel. Allison and Kendra saw a male late Wednesday in the Pollinator Border outside the Hanson Nature Learning Center. It's quite interesting (and exciting) to see them.
Coyotes have become abundant into the Eastern US in the last decades, finding suburban landscapes full of the mixed woodlands and clearings that they favor.
They're not a threat to humans, but can occasionally be predators of cats and small dogs. I'm afraid we'd be glad if they snagged more of our overly-abundant squirrels!
This image is from a Texas Parks and Recreation site.