Saturday, October 31, 2015
It is rare for a new animal species to emerge in front of scientists’ eyes. But this seems to be happening in eastern North America
The new super predator in your backyard.
Wolves, it seems, faced with a scarcity of potential sexual partners are not beneath lowering their standards. It was desperation of this sort, biologists reckon, that led dwindling wolf populations in southern Ontario to begin, a century or two ago, to begin breeding widely with dogs and coyotes.
The clearance of forests for farming, together with the deliberate persecution which wolves often suffer at the hand of man, had made life tough for the species. That same forest clearance, though, both permitted coyotes to spread from their prairie homeland into areas hitherto exclusively lupine, and brought the dogs that accompanied the farmers into the mix.
The moral of this story is to keep your kids indoors or well watched in the territory of these hungry beasts.