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.