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.)
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.