The merisc tyke (Rhu."Cruel Hound") was a wild dog found throughout Rhovanion, Rhûn, and the lands of the Kykurian Kyn. They were related to the feral dogs of the Talath Harroch (the plains south of Mirkwood). Frequenting the fens and moorlands in small packs, they typically fished, scavengeed for carrion, or attacked small mammals in order to survive. Tyka would, however, attack weak, stranded, or bewildered cattle and had been known to prey on sleeping or sickly Men. Fortunately, they were afraid of fire and were easily scared off in the face of a torchlight. The tyke had a dappled coat of yellowish-tan and brownish-grey.