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Old 06-24-2011, 06:25 PM   #1
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Default Some Northeastern Coyote have up to 89% Wolf Genes.

These are the animals I hear at night howling in their inimitably eerie way. It's exciting that animals with as much as 89% wolf in them are sometimes on my property. Other benefits? There are no feral cats and cat owners who allow their cats to roam don't often see them after a couple of outings. People have "house" cats here.


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"This coyote subspecies tends to be larger, with bigger teeth and slightly different dentition than most other coyotes; theories have proposed this subspecies is highly hybridized, leading to their more wolfish appearance. Northeastern Coyotes tend to have thicker fur than many other subspecies, and some tend to have an almost wolfish appearance; individuals with as much as 89% wolf were identified in some regions. The Northeastern Coyote tends to have larger teeth than many other subspecies."


"The Northeastern Coyote is a social animal, preferring packs to solitary or paired lifestyles as compared to other coyotes. They enjoy a more stabilized pack structure, though they do compete heavily with various wolf subspecies. The Northeastern Coyote tends to pursue larger prey than many other coyotes. Deer are definitely on the menu for these guys even in pairs and threes, whereas other, smaller subspecies prefer smaller prey."
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:07 AM   #2
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Default The Coyote Project

Open season on coyotes may also be affecting wolf populations...

"In addition to the eastern coyote, however, there have also been a number of apparently pure wolves that have made it to the northeastern United States in the past 10 to 20 years. These wolves seem to be either eastern, gray, or a hybrid of the two but have limited eastern coyote genes. Current wolf range in southern Canada is within 100 miles of the United States, a distance that wolves (or eastern coyotes) could travel in a week or two. Unfortunately, all of these wolves have been found dead before anyone could monitor them. Why is this the case?

Many believe it to be because northeastern states provide little protection to their similar looking cousins, the eastern coyote. All states have a liberal coyote hunting season, with most allowing unlimited, year round killing. I have always found it peculiar that eastern coyotes, which look so similar to eastern wolves, are afforded virtually no protection while wolves are still on the endangered species list in the Northeast and are currently returning to the area on their own."

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