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Coyote (Canis Latrans) - Shenandoah National Park, VA
Coyote-Wolf hybrids in Virginia? Long story short: it is very possible there are coyote-wolf hybrids in Shenandoah NP, and the Appalachian Trail corridor may have provided the access. Hopefully there will be some DNA sampling done in the immediate future. A large population of coyotes here definitely have the potential to significantly alter the ecological landscape at SNP, especially the future Whitetail herds.
This past Winter I came across a published study (November 2011) at National Geographic News written by Christine Dell'Amore. The headline alone grabbed my attention: Coyote-Wolf Hybrids Have Spread Across The Eastern United States. (view it here) Recent studies have confirmed that coyote-wolf hybrids have migrated south and are present in Virginia.
Then a young man from Colorado State University contacted me a few weeks ago, wanted to use one of my coyote images in a research paper he was writing. I said sure, but I'd like to have a copy when you are finished if you don't mind. He kindly obliged. (view it here) His research paper was definitely in line with the above published study, and then some.
I'm not going to saturate this post with tons of information about this topic, but if you're interested, just access the 2 links I've placed above. Both studies contain a wealth of interesting information about these hybrids.
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