Recent coyote sightings all over Western New York have caused a stir in the area over the last several months.
And now, scientists say coyotes here are beginning to look more wolf-like, both in their appearance and genetically.
The east coast coyote native to much of the mid-Atlantic and New England is larger than its cousins in the west.
That's because recent tests show the east coast coyote's genes actually have a combination of coyote, wolf and dog.
Researchers believe the genetic adaptation making them potentially better predators, especially when it comes to hunting white-tail deer that live in the northeastern United States.
Scientists say it could also help them thrive in more urbanized areas that are abundant here.