Re: Line breeding vs hybridization
- Subject: Re: Line breeding vs hybridization
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2001 22:19:44 -0500 (CDT)
Supposedly the coyote population that crossed over to the eastern states
through Canada and upstate New York is presumed to have some timber wolf
infusion. The animals are much larger than the original 40 lbs. for adults.
Looking for signs in North Jersey next weekend...
Lewandjim@email@example.com on 06/24/2001 01:30:12 AM
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Subject: Re: Line breeding vs hybridization
In response to the thread copied below. The original posting was not
Coyotes and our two North American wolf species are still distinct species.
Your questions are pretty accurate. As the biologists began to try to save
the Red Wolf (Canis niger), the initial efforts were set back when the
captive stock was found to be hybrids with coyotes. Happily undiluted
blood-lines were found and I think the Red Wolf's future is currently
in captivity at least.
"Canis familiaris" was never a good species entity. Linnaeus named it from
the domestic dog - not from a wild population.
In a message dated 06/23/2001 1:48:39 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< In a message dated Thu, 21 Jun 2001 4:12:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< in the u.s. lately, more and more scientists see that not only there's
distinct species as Canis familiaris, but that coyotes and wolves are also
the same species.
Really? This sounds to me like an excuse not to conserve the wolf, since,
after all, the coyote now lives where the wolf once did -- and never mind
that true wolves kill off and tend to extirpate coyotes. Those cattle guys
outside Yellowstone will love that. And, since some were already alleging
that the red wolf was a just a wolf-coyote hybrid anyway, well, there's
another species we no longer have to conserve. What will the anti-wolf
come up with next?