We are Killing the Wolf!!

We are killing the Wolf, but not in the way that the General Public thinks we are. And in some respects, hunters and trappers are preserving them. We are talking about the True Pure Strain (Breed) of Wolf. The influx of the Easter Wolf into the human inhabited regions of the US has caused the Hybridization between coyotes and the Easterner Wolf, which is now called the Easterner Coyotes and Coy-Dogs. The so-called Eastern Coyotes were first sighted in the late 1930’s early 1940”s. They are 21% bigger on average than a true coyote. “The most plausible scenario is that the eastern coyote is actually a hybrid between coyotes and a small type of wolf. Dr. Brad White’s research team at Trent University reported that the wolves found in southeastern Canada may actually be the same species as the red wolf (Canis rufus, or Canis lycaon as proposed) found in the southeastern United States. This “eastern wolf” is smaller, weighing about 60 pounds, and is thought to be more closely related to the coyote than to the gray wolf because both are theorized to have evolved in the New World whereas the gray wolf originated in the Old World. Thus, White’s research group theorized that the genetic similarity of the coyote and Canis lycaon might facilitate hybridization, especially when populations are low in an area. (In fact, the biggest threat currently facing the red wolf in the southeastern United States is hybridization with coyotes colonizing the periphery of the North Carolina red wolf recovery area.) I have been collaborating with White’s genetic team, and they recently finished analyzing the genetic results of about 75 of our samples from eastern Massachusetts. Perhaps not surprisingly, they did find evidence for hybridization. They found that our study subjects were mainly eastern coyote, but all also had western coyote and eastern/red wolf genetic influence as well. White believes the eastern coyote should be classified as its own species because all of the samples from the Northeast (including from Massachusetts, New York, Maine, and New Brunswick) grouped more closely to each other than to western coyotes or wolves mycustomessaywriters. Interestingly, biologists call these same Canids “Tweed wolves” in Ontario, and White notes that they are a product of hybridization between eastern coyotes and eastern wolves.” Quote taken from article from Project Coyote, http://www.projectcoyote.org/newsreleases/news_eastern.html

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