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Coyote, dog, wolf or hybrid--An interesting Article

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by woodmort, May 22, 2011.

  1. woodmort

    woodmort Songster

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY

  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Thanks Woodmort. Fascinating, as always.
  3. ams4776

    ams4776 Songster

    Very interesting. Its amazing what scientists can figure out anymore
  4. archerobx

    archerobx Songster

    Feb 4, 2009
    Very interesting, thank you.

    Grew up on the outerbanks and hunted alligator river refuge and bombing range were they were reintroducing the red wolves. They looked like coyotes to me.
    There was always talk as to why they dissapeared in first place. One idea was the wolves mated with dogs anc coyotes. Dogs and coyotes sexually matured faster then wolves and thus had more pups. Diluting the wolf dna. Eventually they breed themselves out of existance.
    Now seeing the dna make up it kind of makes sence.

    thank you again
  5. off-grid hen

    off-grid hen Songster

    Mar 1, 2011
    Upstate NY
    That is very interesting. People around here always call them "coydogs", but after I saw one, I will never call them anything associated with "dog" again. Taller than my (now deceased) shepherd/husky mix, and the same color as the ones in the photo. Local farmers call them algoquin wolves, but it'll be interesting to see more research on the ones in the Adirondack and Green Mtns region. There may be different genetics working in different mtn ranges.

    There are also people that SWEAR we have mountain lions, but scientists say we don't. I wonder if the lore is too strong or the scientists just forgot to sample the 'dacks? [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 26, 2011
  6. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    As a kid, the coydogs were big, unafraid, mean and a major threat to wild game, calves, piglets, sheep, chickens and people. A very nasty critter! So the local farmers would organise big land section hunts by counting tracks, in the snow, going into and out of a section, then setting up shooters on the roads on all 4 sides and sending in beaters with shotguns using nose and sight hounds to kill, run down, or flush the coys out. Kinda like a old german boar hunt. They stuck with it and pretty much wiped them out

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