Skip to comments.The mysterious coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf
Posted on 03/09/2014 2:01:08 PM PDT by DBCJR
The coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf, is a remarkable new hybrid carnivore that is taking over territories once roamed by wolves and slipping unnoticed into our cities. Its appearance is very recent within the last 90 years in evolutionary terms, a blip in time. Beginning in Canada but by no means ending there, the story of how it came to be is an extraordinary tale of how quickly adaptation and evolution can occur, especially when humans interfere. Tag along as scientists study this new top predator, tracking it from the wilderness of Ontarios Algonquin Park, through parking lots, alleys and backyards in Toronto all the way to the streets of New York City. (Video streaming restricted to U.S. and Territories.)
"..they made puppywhoop somewhere around St Louis"
We have them in Greentree PA just south of Pittsburgh. I have seen them several times over the past few years. Greentree even had a warning on their webpage about coyotes but they are Eastern Coyotes, Coywolves.
There is an excellent tv show on the Coywolves.
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They live wild in my neighborhood in CT. I’m way out in the woods but if you like your dog, you don’t let him roam. Lost cat posters are a thing of the past; cars don’t get lost, they get eaten.
I’ve crossed paths with them several times and they give you a good once over. I never hike unarmed and don’t walk the dogs unarmed either. They’re big and not the least bit afraid of you.
Besides, the two legged animals around here can be rough looking too.
Evolution? This is a crossbreed.
They eat cars!!! I`d better start looking for a .45 instead!
At least one human death by these hybrids. A young Canadian singer was killed by them while hiking. DNA tests confirmed they were wolf-coyote hybrids. I have them here on my farm in Loudoun County Virginia. I’ve found the remains of adult deer that were pulled down by them. They hunt in packs like wolves. Animal Control told me to be aware of the packs. I never go outside without a firearm.
and let me tell you, when you are in the woods at dusk/dark and hear them go off, it WILL send a chill up your spine!!!
Pistol, NEVER leave home without it.
“I`ve seen Coydogs around the Cuyahoga Valley Towpath trail.”
I bike down there! So that’s what I saw? Used to lease a 110 acre fallow farm on the edge of the Valley Park. But the Park took over 100 of the acres, and I moved into town. Miss that place!
Just imagine the scat.
Imagine the poor animal passing it!
The DNR won’t admit they brought them here “to control deer”.
Maybe they are coyote-wolves but I`ve always heard they are dog-coyote hybrids. They have some dog-like ears and that fur is not at all like a wolf or coyote`s. They are truly weird canines! Although I`ve only seen a few, I`m not too proud to say they give me the willies, freaky and mean looking dogs!
I sure hope we don`t have any of those running around the Towpath!
That’s where a cooper scooper comes in handy.
They have never identified dog DNA in wild coyotes.
Coyotes are SUPER smart. Wolves are big, ferocious and fearless. WHAT a mixture. The hyrid coy wolves are, of course, doomed.
THANK GOD the Clintons only had one child.
It must have been a mating of two very horny canines for that to occur. Remimds me of some of the Hollyweird
They will eventually and probably breed themselves BACK to ordinary wolves and coyotes, but it will take many generations.
We used to have animals on our Texas Gulf Coast property called Red Wolves. They were probably wolf/coyote crosses and said to be endangered. Now what we have appears to be Coyotes. We have Coyotes in the heart of Houston too. I have seen them myself.
I believe he`s on Black Road, near that corn stand along Rt. 303, just down from the Brecksville Station by the bridge those Occupy Wall Street @$$holes tried to blow up.
That's a beautiful area to hike, those hills make for challenging climbs. I also love the ride from there to lock 3 in Akron, virtually all forest except for Peninsula, the Valley, and that final stretch into Akron.
There have been packs of coydogs roaming the woods and riverbank here for years, the product of lost or abandoned pets and coyotes-they are mostly big, and totally unafraid of humans, like domestic dogs, and clever and forest-smart as a coyote-they are a lot more dangerous than the resident cougars. I do not take my Husky walking outside the fence, ever-if you leave your cat or dog unattended, it will eventually be a meal for these animals.
I hike in the woods most days, but not without bear spray, or even a sidearm.
I told you they were big
That's what they thought about these creatures when they showed up in rural areas north and west of New York City around 15-20 years ago, but apparently they did some DNA testing and found that they are cross-bred between coyotes and wolves, not dogs.
That explains why they demonstrate one of the characteristics that are rarely common between wolves and coyotes: wolves live in packs, while coyotes are usually solitary animals. So when these coyote-like animals began showing up in packs in these rural areas, it was pretty much assumed that they were not your typical western coyotes.
The genetic composition and classification of the eastern coyote is debated among scientists.
A study showed that of 100 coyotes collected in Maine, 22 had half or more gray wolf ancestry, and one was 89 percent gray wolf. A theory has been proposed that the large eastern "coyotes" in Canada are actually hybrids of the smaller western coyotes and gray wolves that mated decades ago as the coyotes moved toward New England from their earlier western ranges."
We have a den about 1/8 of a mile from our house. These animals come in packs through our property, and I estimate that one was as much as 60 pounds. They attacked and almost killed a small dog next door.
Yes they have.
Widespread occurrence of a domestic dog mitochondrial DNA haplotype in southeastern US coyotes.
The old farm I leased was on North Boyden. 1830 white farmhouse on the top of the hill. As manager, I didn’t need a deer tag, wrote my own. Used to come home from work, strap on my Redhawk 44 mag, and walk out the back door to my own hunting grounds. In rainy weather, the geese would fly low over the old fence line. I’d sit on the back porch and wait for them! Ah,,,,those were the days, my friend, I thought they’d never end. But they did. Why the govt needed that proper is ridiculous!
Coyotes would eat dogs before they’d mate with them.
Unless you have seen _drop-eared_ “coyotes” running around, they’re not going to be “coydogs”.
Drop ears are genetically dominant and would prevail in a coyote/dog mating *unless* the dog were naturally prick-eared.
Looks worthwhile, thanks. I’d have taken it for a dog, at first glance at least. Looks well fed.
And exactly 0% had “dog” genes.
One needs a Colt to protect Dog from Coywolf!
I am just across the river from you in Monky County, and we have them here, too. I have been stalked in broad daylight while riding a 17.2 Irish horse, and as big as he is, he did not appreciate it. In the woods near my house, which is at the edge of the suburbs, I found a deer who had been brought down by something large. The creature who broke her pelvis had jaws big enough to reach all the way across her hips from ilium to ilium, but a very well-informed park ranger I brought in for his opinion agreed with me that those were not cat teeth-marks. I cannot imagine an ordinary domestic dog who had jaws like that. We agreed it was a coy-dog.
I wish I too could wear a gun when riding or when out in the woods on foot, but I live in the Freak State.
You're so right. Remember that ongoing experiment in Russia on the domestication of foxes? As Russian scientists bred foxes for more compliant personalities, they acquired floppy ears.
So is Akron, Ohio far enough east to have Coywolves? But the ones I`ve seen had floppier ears and more doglike coloration with very long snouts.
“The widespread distribution of this haplotype from Florida to West Virginia suggests that the hybridization event occurred long ago before the southeastern USA was colonized by coyotes.
However, it could have occurred in the southeastern USA before the main front of coyotes arrived in the area _between male coyotes released for sport_ and _a local domestic dog_.”
There *are* morons intentionally breeding ‘coydogs’ for pets.
The article also says “closely related to” domestic dogs.
That’s a pretty big genetic spread in a very old study.
They’re just now admitting the wolf ancestry, after denying it for decades,
Yes I do.
Something about domestication cause dogs to revert to a perpetual state of puppyhood, displaying “puppy traits”.
Domestic dogs are eternally infantilized wolves.
You might want to don your asbestos undies.
Maybe there’s more than one mystery here.
Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
For decades, I’ve gotten around it by carrying a long rifle into the woods.
I know people who carry lighter all the time.
You gotta do what you gotta do.
The US Wildlands Project! The predecessor of UN agenda 21, look them up.
Had to turn the sound down when they were howling as that set the Dobes off into a blood-eyed rage.
It seems questionable at this time:
Dogs, left to breed amongst themselves will eventually revert to “primitive type”.
Some breeds still retain that type, such as Dingos, Ibizan Hounds, Pharoah Hounds, *all* of the Podengo/Podenco types and Spitz types.
When you strip away all of man’s genetic “interference”, those dogs are what original dogs looked like.
They are more likely just feral mutts.