November 25, 2017

What Was Thought to Be Coyote Attacks May Have Been Coywolves

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“Muskego — The coyote attacks on two fairly large dogs — one 60 pounds and the other nearly 80 pounds — on Woods Road in Muskego has led to speculation that hybrids called coywolves might have been responsible.

Coywolves are a cross between coyotes and wolves. Wildlife experts say the cross breeding came about as the numbers of wolves in the upper eastern United States and eastern Canada were depleted in numbers and coyotes had migrated into their range.

Coywoves, first notes in 1919, are bigger than coyotes but much smaller than wolves. They have a bigger fluffy tail and their jaws are wider than a coyote’s. They are hard to distinguish from coyotes.”<<>>

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