I was trying to find a posting that I recently seen about the yote that was mounted in a home that looked like the one being questioned on ebay. Well this may help with the questioning of the color. This is a piece right off the PA Game Commission web site and publishings. The eastern coyote is a member of the canid, or dog family. It is larger than its western cousin - typically attributed to wolf-coyote hybridization - and usually has one of four pelt colorations: tri-color (German shepherd-like), red, blond and dark brown (appears black at a distance). Maybe it is true and that would explain the coloring.