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Bigger than coyotes but smaller than wolves, their howl is high-pitched and their diet includes deer and small rodents. They are "coywolves" (pronounced "coy," as in playful, "wolves"), and they are flourishing in the northeastern U.S., according to a study published today in Biology Letters.To get a sense of the pedigree of coyotes in the area, Kays and his colleagues examined the genetic material from samples—mostly tissue, hides and skulls—that museums had archived. The source of these samples was itself a sign of the coywolves' success. As Kays points out, specimens came from hunters who killed the dogs in an effort to stem the growing population. Based on the genetic analyses, the team concluded that mating between female coyotes and male wolves was abundant. The researchers also noted that the coywolves have larger, stronger jaws and bigger skulls overall than the so-called straight western coyotes.
Bancroft had his own run-in with a coyote several years ago when he was alone in the woods.
"A coyote came straight at me. It happened very, very quickly. It stopped and I just stood my ground, I didn't act," he said. "It actually regrouped and charged again. And I think the fact that I didn't act like a prey item convinced it to leave me alone."
A New Brunswick woman who wrestled with a coyote Wednesday was still shaken hours afterwards but managed to walk away needing only a tetanus shot and a bandage.... "It started trying to bite at me ...All I could see was teeth. I just covered my head with both my hands like that and swinging off punches when I could," she said in an interview, with clumps of her hair still visible in the snow.The ordeal with the coyote lasted about 10 minutes.
"Finally, it went to go at my neck and my jaw, " she said. "And I just seen it there and I just got my left and went right at its mouth, and I connected with the mouth and the coyote yelped."
Originally posted by redhorse
We have these here too. I take my daughter to the bus in the morning and they are out and about at dawn. Bold as brass. One came loping across my back pasture one morning... Tongue lolling out, and got within about 30 feet of us before veering left across the highway. He made eye contact and everything. I swear he was laughing. They are bigger than coyote's. Not just more solid, but taller as well.
I remember a friend of mine in Texas saying that they were seeing more and more big, bold coyote's. He thought it was simply evolution filling a niche. That was about 12 years ago though. I wonder if they have taken any DNA samples from there?
Originally posted by zamo1993
They are clever but for the most part stay away from people. Seeing coywolves kind of feels to me like we are seeing evolution happen.