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Who wins?
Coywolf (Eastern Coyote) 1 (20%)
Red Wolf 4 (80%)
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Coywolf (Eastern Coyote) v Red Wolf
Topic Started: May 16 2013, 08:52 PM (786 Views)
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Coywolf (Eastern Coyote) - Canis latrans x Canis lupus
Coywolves are canid hybrids of wolves and coyotes. At one time there was some doubt that coywolves could reproduce successfully without subsequent generation infertility. Breeding experiments in Germany with poodles and coyotes, as well as with wolves, jackals and later on with the resulting dog-coyote hybrids showed a decrease in fertility and significant communication problems as well as an increase in genetic diseases after three generations of interbreeding between the hybrids, unlike with wolfdogs. (Although it should be noted that wolf/dog hybrids show the same communication breakdown with regular dogs; just none of the fertility problems.) Therefore it was concluded that domestic dogs and gray wolves are the same species and that the coyote is a separate species from both. Many eastern coyotes are coy-wolves, a canid hybrid, which, despite having a majority of coyote (Canis latrans) ancestry, also descends from wolves, either the Gray wolf (Canis lupus) or the Red wolf (Canis lupus rufus, formerly Canis rufus), which is on balance more coyote than wolf. They come from a constantly evolving gene pool and are viewed by some scientists as an emerging species. The genetic composition of these animals is debated amongst scientists. A study showed that of 100 coyotes collected in Maine, 22 had half or more wolf ancestry, and one was 89 percent wolf. A theory has been proposed that the large eastern coyotes in Canada are actually hybrids of the smaller western coyotes and grey wolves that met and mated decades ago as the coyotes moved toward New England from their earlier western ranges. Coywolves have the wolf characteristics of pack hunting and aggression and the coyote characteristic of lack of fear of human-developed areas. They seem to be bolder and more intelligent than regular coyotes.

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Red Wolf - Canis (l.) rufus
The red wolf (Canis lupus rufus, formerly Canis rufus) is a North American canid which once roamed throughout the Southeastern United States. Based on fossil and archaeological evidence, the original red wolf range extended throughout the Southeast, from the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, north to the Ohio River Valley and central Pennsylvania, and west to central Texas and southeastern Missouri. Historical habitats included forests, swamps, and coastal prairies, where it was an apex predator. The red wolf being morphologically midway between grey wolves and coyotes, recent genetic research indicate it may actually be a hybrid species. The red wolf stands about 66–79 cm (26–31 in) at the shoulder. The total length is 111–165 cm (44–65 in) including a tail of 30–43 cm (12–17 in). The body weight can range from 16 to 41 kg (35 to 90 lb) but averages at about 24.5 kg (54 lb). Male red wolves are approximately 10% larger than females. Coat long, coarse; mostly brown and buff colored on the upper part of the body with some black along the backs. Muzzle long; nose pad wide and black; ears rufous; legs long; tail long, bushy, black tipped. Body is intermediate in size between the gray wolf (Canis lupus) and the coyote (Canis latrans). Prior to extinction in the wild, the red wolf diet consisted of nutria, rabbits and rodents. In contrast, the red wolves from the restored population rely on white-tailed deer, raccoon, nutria and rabbits.

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Cains Warrior
May 16 2013, 06:31 AM
Red wolf vs eastern coyote
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I favor the red due to size
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Red-Wolf Coyote Interactions

Today's wolf focus (11301M) was collared late last winter while still a yearling and living with the pack in his natal home-range just south of Columbia, NC. The subsequent collar downloads provided us with accurate home range data from where he was born and much more. Because most young wolves disperse from the pack between 12-24 months of age, we were able to follow 11301M as he left his natal home range this spring and began his travels from place to place. We could see his path as he seemed to go from wolf pack to wolf pack looking for a place to live. We could see how he skirted the core areas of the adjacent packs in order to stay out of trouble with other wolves (a smart thing for a young single wolf). We even tracked him as he moved completely around Lake Phelps before stopping on Pocosin Lakes NWR where a female wolf (11358F-also born in 2004) had just paired with a sterilized, radio-collared wolf/coyote hybrid.

The most recent download showed how 11301M not only displaced the hybrid out of the pack's area, but likely killed him. After retrieving the carcass, our theory seemed to be correct. As I fly over Pocosin Lakes today, I can see that 11301M has paired with 11358F. Together, they will now form the new Pocosin Lakes pack. These types of wolf/non-wolf interactions where the non-wolves are displaced, are some of the observations the new GPS collars will allow us to record.

http://www.fws.gov/alligatorriver/red%20wolf/rwnotes7-06.html

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Edited by Red Dog, May 17 2013, 12:59 AM.
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May 17 2013, 12:58 AM
Red-Wolf Coyote Interactions

Today's wolf focus (11301M) was collared late last winter while still a yearling and living with the pack in his natal home-range just south of Columbia, NC. The subsequent collar downloads provided us with accurate home range data from where he was born and much more. Because most young wolves disperse from the pack between 12-24 months of age, we were able to follow 11301M as he left his natal home range this spring and began his travels from place to place. We could see his path as he seemed to go from wolf pack to wolf pack looking for a place to live. We could see how he skirted the core areas of the adjacent packs in order to stay out of trouble with other wolves (a smart thing for a young single wolf). We even tracked him as he moved completely around Lake Phelps before stopping on Pocosin Lakes NWR where a female wolf (11358F-also born in 2004) had just paired with a sterilized, radio-collared wolf/coyote hybrid.

The most recent download showed how 11301M not only displaced the hybrid out of the pack's area, but likely killed him. After retrieving the carcass, our theory seemed to be correct. As I fly over Pocosin Lakes today, I can see that 11301M has paired with 11358F. Together, they will now form the new Pocosin Lakes pack. These types of wolf/non-wolf interactions where the non-wolves are displaced, are some of the observations the new GPS collars will allow us to record.

http://www.fws.gov/alligatorriver/red%20wolf/rwnotes7-06.html

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Thanks for posting that now I favor the red more
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Great post Red Dog.

It almost seems like there is a bit of conflict in the "psyche" of the red wolf. On the one hand, it seems to see the coyote as similar, but on the other hand it is considered a competitor.

What is clear is that the plan to sterilize is very clever, because eventually the larger reds will displace the smaller coyotes or hybrids.
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yes this quite the match the first time a red wolf has had a natural competitor
but any way here is an advantages chart
Red wolf size advantage agility better bite
Coywolf robustness aggressiveness

over all
parity coywolf 65%
maximum red wolf 75%
minimum coywolf 54%
average red wolf 64%
Over all
red wolf 6.2/10
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