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  • The mysterious coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf

    03/09/2014 2:01:08 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 158 replies
    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 Ontario’s Algonquin...
  • Meet the coywolf: A newly emerging species is behind the brazen attacks in Durham

    08/15/2009 11:21:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies · 1,771+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | August 15, 2009 | Carola Vyhnak
    Is it a coyote? Is it a wolf? Yes and yes. It's a "coywolf." The predators that are plaguing Durham Region and showing up in urban areas appear to be an emerging species resulting from wolves and coyotes interbreeding. The larger, highly adaptable animals "have the wolf characteristics of pack hunting and aggression and the coyote characteristics of lack of fear of human-developed areas," says Trent University geneticist Bradley White, who's been studying the hybrids for 12 years. We're seeing "evolution in action," he says. But that combination of genetic material from both species has spelled trouble for farmers, who...