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How Do You Save a Wolf That's Not Really a Wolf?

posted Nov 3, 2016, 10:03 AM by chloe owens

7/27/16, by Virginia Morrell, Science

How do you save a wolf that’s not really a wolf?

When is a wolf a wolf? For more than 30 years, the question has dogged scientists, conservationists, and policymakers attempting to restore and protect the large wild canids…Now a study of the complete genomes of 28 canids reveals that despite differences in body size and behavior, North American gray wolves and coyotes are far more closely related than previously believed, and only recently split into two lineages.