coyote xmasThis is perhaps—no, make that definitely—the most unusual Christmas decoration I have ever seen, but in a weird sort of way I think it’s kind of cool.

The lady who posted this picture to Facebook told NBC Montana that reaction has been mixed.

“A lot of people were just like, ‘Well, be glad it’s dead. You don’t have to worry about it eating your pets…but I don’t know. To me, it’s morbid, it rings of animal cruelty.”

But Sanders County Sheriff Tom Rummel says the hanging animal is perfectly legal. For one thing, a coyote is a predator (and a deer killer) and not a game animal. The lawman went on to say that because the coyote is already dead, it’s not an issue of animal cruelty.

Cool, but don’t try this at home.