For the Scarecrow story I didn’t want to just have Coyote be an anthropomorphic creature; standing on two legs with human hands. He wasn’t Coyote the trickster (though he was a trickster), he was an evolved (mutated?) coyote. I imagined him with articulated paws that he knuckle walked on like an ape. When he sat down he could use the paws to manipulate tools as well as a human.