No, that isn't a coyote on the lawn in front of the VA Hospital in West Roxbury
We were headed south on the VFW Parkway the other day when, whoa, was that a coyote hanging out by the VA Hospital? We did a quick uey, pulled into the parking lot and discovered that, no, it was not a real coyote, just a plastic replica of one. Hokay.
Compare to this photo of a real coyote, taken on Friday in the Arboretum.
AlertNewEngland tweets the idea is to try to scare geese away - like those fake owls you can get to scare pigeons off your roof. Lin Dolin tweets the fauxyotes work just as well as the bogus owls - geese may be stupid, but they're not that stupid:
There was one where used to work. Geese quickly figured it was fake.