A recent item regarding a putative hyena sighting on the Eastern seaboard has helped put a number of apparently unrelated lines of inquiry together. As posted here there are a lot of sightings failing to identify the creature. Yet the information often is conforming. We are observing a bushy tail and we are observing a Mohawk like mane as well likely raised to show display and down otherwise. The hind legs are very strong as well.
It also means that they make a fine living on jack rabbits and deer. Larger game can be tackled but it is also beyond their actual needs and represents way too much trouble.