Maine coyotes aren't any more wolf than they've ever been

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Maine coyotes aren't any more wolf than they've ever been

Postby SJ » Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:27 am

Maine coyotes aren't any more wolf than they've ever been

As former Maine deer biologist, Gerry Lavigne reported recently in the SAM News that there has been a flurry of media coverage purporting that Maine’s Eastern coyote is getting larger and taking on more wolf-like characteristics.

Is it true? Is our coyote, which started showing up in the 1940s, evolving into a new canid, one that is worthy of the new, catchy name, Coywolf?

Lavigne makes a compelling case that some of the Maine media, and the animal protectionists, are up to their old tricks, refusing to let the facts get in the way of a good story — or a politically planned ploy.

There are a number of animal rights activists, including a geneticist, who have actually petitioned to have the scientific name of the Eastern coyote changed from Canis latans, to Canis oriens. This is a first step, according to Lavigne, to get the Maine coyote protected federally under the Endangered Species Act.

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... en/2177411
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