Coyote (Canis latrans)
The coyote, a canine, smaller than its closest relative the wolf, is native to North America and actually can be seen on Montreal Island in the North and South although I never saw one here.
How to Identify
This animal may be mistaken as a fox, wolf or as a member of certain dog races. The coyote is actually a quite large animal and clearly distinguishable from fox in size and I am not aware of wolves living close to Montreal. The individual I saw near Granby first gave me the impression to be a dog but as it got closer, shape of body, head and ears told me different.
Where and When to Spot
In spite of having been reported in the South and North of Montreal Island, I only saw an individual near Granby. I will take some serious efforts though to spot coyotes here in Montreal and add photos later on keeping in mind that coyotes are predators and it is reasonable to keep a safe distance.