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Coyote or Wolf? Animals in Massachusetts May Be Both: Coywolf

posted Apr 2, 2015, 11:31 PM by chloe owens

2/5/15, by George Barnes, Telegram & Gazette

Coyote or wolf? Animals in Massachusetts may be both: coywolf

Sightings of Eastern coyotes have been escalating recently, but as reports of the crafty and adaptable creatures have been increasing so have misidentifications as wolves…To set the record straight, Marion Larson of the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife said the animals are not wolves. There has been one confirmed wolf sighting in the state since the 1800s, Ms. Larson said…I don't like the term coyote," said Jonathan G. Way, a research scientist affiliated with the Clark University George Perkins Marsh Institute…prefers to call the animals coywolves and believes they may be a new species, rather than the Western coyote's Eastern cousin.  Genetic testing of Eastern coyotes, or coywolves, found they are about 60 percent coyote, 30 percent Eastern wolf and 10 percent dog, Mr. Way said.