A wandering coyote carrying a cat in its mouth was spotted in Newton

A coyote carried a cat in its mouth in Newton. –Joyce Hynds

Joyce Hynds is no stranger to coyotes and has seen them often on her walks through the woods in Auburndale Park behind her Newton home. But the coyote Hynds saw last Saturday was remarkably, and heartbreakingly, different.

The animal appeared to be a large male, Hynds said, weighing more than either of her two black Labradors, both of whom weigh about 80 pounds. And, the coyote was out walking around 8:20 a.m., an unusual time for what she considers more of a night-time stroller.

And then there was the cat the coyote was carrying in his mouth — proof, apparently, of a successful hunt.