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New coywolf species appears in North America


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#1    UM-Bot

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 10:44 AM

A cross between coyotes and wolves has been taking over in some areas of the United States.

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Consisting of around 25% wolf DNA, 66% coyote DNA and the rest from domestic dogs, these unusual cross-breeds have been sighted with increasing regularity in several regions including in West Virginia and to the north of the Great Lakes.

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 11:43 AM

It'll be interesting to see how the states where coyote hunting is legal and wolf hunting is illegal handle this.


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 12:31 PM

I'd assume since it's more coyote than wolf it would be legal. I wonder when they started to cross breed in the first place and if they can reproduce.


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 12:39 PM

Evolution marches on. I was watching a show about this on PBS and yes they can reproduce.

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 01:00 PM

Is this another cunning plan to catch the Roadrunner?


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 01:15 PM

More of gods creations coming to life! Awesome stuff!


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 02:06 PM

I hear and see them all the time here in PA. Have a few on trail cams. A beautiful black one too, weighs at least 70lbs. They are huge, not like a scrawny western coyote. Gorgeous animals. And totally harmless


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 02:43 PM

Yes, but can they run illegal immigrants up from Mexico while dressed as sheep?


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 03:13 PM

here comes the direwolves! lol


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 03:22 PM

View PostLucason, on 25 August 2014 - 03:13 PM, said:

here comes the direwolves! lol
nah they are all dead


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 03:38 PM

Coyotes have also been referred to as Prairie Wolves like a Cougar has several names like Puma or Mountain Lion.

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 05:19 PM

I will disregard this until I read about it in a peer reviewed journal.


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 05:37 PM

View Postbobb73, on 25 August 2014 - 02:06 PM, said:

I hear and see them all the time here in PA. Have a few on trail cams. A beautiful black one too, weighs at least 70lbs. They are huge, not like a scrawny western coyote. Gorgeous animals. And totally harmless
Not really harmless.    They will kill small livestock, chickens, dogs and many other small animals.


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 06:06 PM

@ Neognosis
There's nothing to disregard. Unless these are packs of Canadian Red Wolves on my property, I believe what the PA Game Commision says that these are coyote/wolf hybrids. These are large German Shepard's running around essentially. And yes I mean harmless to humans. They have killed a lot of livestock in the area. And I don't let the shihtzu out at night without me being there. More dangerous than a Bigfoot I suppose


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 07:10 PM

This is not really new. There is at least one UM thread about this in 2010 or 2011. I'll see if I can find it.

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As of 2010, the eastern coyote's genetic makeup is fairly uniform, with minimal influence from the wolves or western coyotes.[5]

http://en.wikipedia....f-coyote_hybrid

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I will disregard this until I read about it in a peer reviewed journal.

http://www.easternco...inalInPrint.pdf

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2010  Northeastern Naturalist  17(2):189–204

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These results indicate that the eastern Coyote should more appropriately be termed “Coywolf” to reflect their hybrid (C. latrans x lycaon) origin.


EDIT: UM Thread 2011

Edited by DieChecker, 25 August 2014 - 07:13 PM.

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