Scientists Successfully Prevent Coyote-wolf Hybridization
December 14, 2015
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Scientists Successfully Prevent Coyote-wolf Hybridization

A recent study published in a science journal shows scientists are able to successfully prevent coyotes from interbreeding with wolf packs, but the effort is time-consuming and may not work with larger populations. According to the study’s lead author, ecologist Eric Gese, biologists were able to use “placeholder” coyotes to protect the endangered red wolf from hybridization in North Carolina. The concept was relatively simple: biologists captured and sterilized coyotes and then placed them near the fringes of wolf territory, preventing other coyotes from entering the area. Read more in the Outdoor Hub.

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