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Viral Video Shows Coyote Howling From Atop Car at Dealership

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Viral Video Shows Coyote Howling From Atop Car at Dealership

Posted 2024-01-31  by  Stephanie Mallory

The security guard who filmed the wild canine says he often spots them running through the lot

Video footage of a coyote howling from the top of a vehicle at a Tucson, Arizona, Ford dealership has gone viral.

According to, private security guard Patrick Irish, Sr. had just started his 5 a.m. shift at the Tucson Auto Mall when he spotted the coyote on the roof of a brand new, all-electric Mustang at Holmes Tuttle Ford.

Irish says he’s no stranger to the coyotes that often call to each other and run through the car lots, but this was a first.

He said the wild canine positioned directly under a street light.

“It looked like a Halloween decoration,” Irish said.

Irish pulled out his phone to film the scene and then shooed the coyote away, telling it, “Hey, you gotta go,” he said. “It was a good-sized, healthy-looking thing. I didn’t want the rest of the family showing up.”

The animal jumped down from the Mustang and took off “as soon as we made eye contact,” Irish said.

Shawnee Riplog-Peterson, long-time curator of mammalogy and ornithology for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, said she believed the coyote’s behavior was most likely territorial.

“I think a lot of it is territorial, and by being up high on something, the message will carry farther, which is good for them,” she said. “They’re big on territory.”

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