In New England they should called “coywolves,” not “coyotes” or coydogs”

Important genetic study confirms Massachusetts coyotes are part eastern wolf-

Dr. Jon Way who often comments on this forum is the lead author of a paper about to appear entitled, “Genetic Characterization Of Eastern “Coyotes” In Eastern
Massachusetts.” He has allowed me to post a draft of this paper.

These relatively large canids are hybrids of western coyotes colonizing the area and eastern timber wolves, canis lycaon. None of animals’ DNA showed a mixture of coyote and domestic dog. So the term “coydog,” which is in common use, is not appropriate.

Here is the draft of the paper. coywolves-jonway

The coywolf, a product of evolution

The wolf was not the gray wolf, however, it was the Eastern wolf — canis lycaon-

Dr. Jon Way has been telling us this for some time. I see he has changed his suburban coyote page to the “coywolf page.”

Broken link now fixed. Coywolves’ a product of evolution. By Lawrence Pyne. Burlington Free Press.

Wylie Coywolf: The coyote-wolf hybrid has made its way to the Northeast

Wylie Coywolf: The coyote-wolf hybrid has made its way to the Northeast. By Carina Storrs. Scientific American.

This is hardly new news on this blog, but important for newcomers.

It does show that where there is a major ecological niche, it will be filled. Canids evolve rapidly and are the epitome of a generalist predator.