I say coyote, you say cayote, and this is neither.


The eastern coyote (Canis latrans) is actually a genetic mix between grey wolves (Canis lupus), red wolves (Canis lupus rufus) and coyotes (Canis latrans). In Maine, for example, 22% of a study group had about 50% wolf genes. They call it the coywolf, and it’s pretty cute. Do we need to think up a new scientific name? Canis latrans lupus, maybe?

Yet another new hybrid species in the making!

You can find more info on the species here,

and there is a documentary on the coywolf coming out soon, too.


A coyote (source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/emdot/145432), probably waiting for scraps

5 responses »

    • Amazing stuff, right? I love finding out new things 🙂 and sharing them, of course. I’ll come check out your blog soon, thank you for taking the time to comment and feel free to do so more – I am also open to constructive criticism 😀


    • Unfortunately genetics is not on your side for that… But have you seen the red fox shiba? The owner dyed the dog’s feet and now it kindof looks like a fox 😀


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