(03-06-2018, 07:25 AM)Octo Wrote: There are rumors and speculation these wolves are in fact wolf/dog hybrids. There's a flock of those a bit north of here and they would be less shy that regular wolves they say.
Speaking of hybrids..
New STUDY shows the GRAY WOLF is the only true WOLF species in NORTH AMERICA
– A new study shows that the various wolf species we know in North America all link back to the gray wolf, and this is the continent’s only true wolf species. The finding could completely change how the Endangered Species Act is used to protect species. A team of researchers analyzed the genomes of 12 pure gray wolves and three coyotes from areas where the two species do not overlap. They also analyzed the genomes of six Eastern wolves and three red wolves. What they found is that the two latter species are actually genetic hybrids of the two former species. “We found that the red wolves are about 75 percent coyote ancestry, and the Eastern wolf has more gray wolf ancestry, about 75 percent,” Robert Wayne, an evolutionary biologist at UCLA
early one morning:
i had a full on run in with a gray wolf/also called timber wolf around here
..twas impressive in size,thick fur,heavy solid build,bigger than a german shepherd dog which suprised me
..twas a long moment with it staring right at me,close:time stood still-till it decided to go it's own way
..probably cuz it heard the german shepherds suddenly barking in the background from the house
..they couldn't see the wolf, but they knew it was there.