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  1. Mark Delepine
    December 10, 2010

    While there are obvious differences between wolves and coyotes, those differences seem to pale by comparison between various breeds of dog. Since all three can interbreed and produce fertile offspring they would seem to have much more in common than that which separates them.

    The question that interests me is the degree to which coyotes have contributed their genetics to domestic dog breeds. One reads that all dogs are descendants of the wolf but why isn’t it likely that coyotes DNA too is present in some dogs?

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    • john
      May 28, 2013

      Coyotes cannot interbreed with wolves and domestic dogs, they are from a different lineage.

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      • Argent
        June 4, 2013

        Coyote/dog crossbreeding is not only possible, it is fairly common in the wild. Coyote/dog crosses tend to be more aggressive and less wary of humans.

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      • Beth
        August 10, 2013

        Says who?? I used to own a domesticated coyote/shepherd mix, as verified by a veterinarian.

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      • Beth
        August 10, 2013

        BTW, my reply was directed @john, not Argent 😉

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      • Shawn
        July 11, 2014
      • Woody McIntyre
        December 30, 2014

        We have hybrids in Canada that have been confirmed as being Wolf and coyote and dog lineage. Not sure where you got your information from but it is not correct.

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    • Cat
      November 10, 2019

      My daughter found a litter of puppies near a park close to a mountain with the mother. The mother looked have dog half coyote and the puppies were clearly coyote and hers.

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  2. Eglantine
    May 27, 2011

    Thank you for this article!
    Though coyotes are becoming even bolder now!
    I live in the woods and hills of Indiana and they were in my backyard in broad daylight today, eyeing my small dog!!! They were in a pair and extremely close to the house. We made loud noises and yelled at them but only when our other 2 dogs started barking and came running did the coyotes go away.

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  3. DJ
    August 16, 2012

    the wolf and the coyote have a lot of differences.Coyotes are quicker not faster,theyre more clever to.Wolves are a different story,faster,stronger,more aggressive.But who wastes more energy on the hunt?answer:wolves I know what you are thinking no way but its true.Coyotes dont stop stop but every 48hours coyotes dont have territory cause they never stay in an area like 10000acres they dont stop they keep going.Wolves they mark(urinate)theyre territory they in one area when they kill an animal they stop and eat it.Coyotes dont when they kill theyll eat it it when theyre walking.who cares about theyre pups more?actually equal because its the mommas instinct even if it means going up against 20 elephants. trust me everything on here is true.

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    • daniel
      November 18, 2019

      wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwoooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww i did not know that.Fun facts i was just doing an outline on coyotes so i will just use that peace of facts to add to it . So that whaen i rep my outline i will give you a shoutout.

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  4. Argent
    January 28, 2013

    Actually, because coyotes are solitary and more habituated to humans, they have more opportunity and are more likely to attack.

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    • Austinbam
      February 5, 2013

      No^ I live by coyotes and once they see you they run and trust me they see you before you see them

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      • Argent
        February 11, 2013

        And wolves don’t?

        Seriously, in terms of danger to humans, feral dogs and pet dogs are both much worse than either wolves or coyotes, but there have been documented coyote attacks on humans in the lower 48…but not wolves.

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      • haley
        February 28, 2016

        Yes, considering the wolf has become way less prominent than coyotes.

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      • Susan
        February 26, 2018

        I just watched a documentary about coyotes killing a young woman in Cape Britain.

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  5. Xan
    February 21, 2013

    Coyotes run more from place to place and waste less energy ?…do you digest what you say ?.Wolves are smarter and have a bigger brain..reason for why they are better organized…coyotes smarter than wolves…yeah right…and dogs howl instead of barking.You people should document yourselves better and don”t use your impulses or false myths to drive your judgment.Wolves tend to be distant towards humans,and I know this because I saw it which show alot of control while they are quite powerfull if well fed.And coyotes are those who are more bolder than wolves and wolves barely prezent a threat to livestock because they attack it(again they are distant towards humans) if certain idiots killed all good wildlife in their hunting grounds.They pretty much blame wolves for the actions of coyotes.Since little I”ve morely had problems with dogs or wild dogs and not wolves…they may be the most clever and and strong and the most organized canines but since they have no reason mostly to hunt humans they don”t..they simply keep a distance or just run.But they do freaking attack you if you persist on running after them with dogs.

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  6. Barbra
    March 2, 2013

    This article needs to be revised. I lived in a very populated area of Los Angeles in the late 1980’s and coyote sightings, as well as attacks on household pets, were commonplace even then. I lost a cat to a coyote in the middle of Glendale in 1987, long before the internet (and hence this article) was widely available.
    Even the range listed for Coyotes is incorrect, confining coyotes to Canada and wolves only in the northern parts of the US.

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    • Barbra
      March 2, 2013

      let me add to my previous post this little tidbit taken from National Geographic article about Coyote/Wolf hybrids residing in the Eastern portions of the US and Virginia:

      “Coyotes are originally residents of middle America, particularly between the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River, as well as parts of Canada and Mexico.

      By the end of the 20th century, the versatile animal—which can eat almost anything, from shoe leather to fruit—had spread to nearly every corner of the U.S., even New York City.”

      source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/11/111107-hybrids-coyotes-wolf-virginia-dna-animals-science/

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  7. serii
    December 18, 2013

    1 on the summary is wrong wolves have more bushy tails

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  8. Julian White
    May 1, 2014

    I am a former SoCal resident. I lived in the Whittier/La Habra area throughout my childhood. Even during the 70’s & 80’s one had to be cautious of Coyotes, during late night hours. It’s really common knowledge. After spending 5 years in the Marines, I migrated to Scandinavia. I’ve been here for 19 years. Here in Scandinavia, wolves have been known to take dogs, pets and attack small children. The sometimes bold wolves, remind me of the SoCal mountain lions mentality. Admittedly, these attacks are rare, in contrast to wolf numbers. You’re more likely to be attacked by a Russian. Anyway, bold wolves are usually hunted and killed.

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    • Keira
      March 23, 2016

      Cool stuff

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  9. Kami
    September 25, 2019

    It’s a shame this article is still available as it stands; almost everything in it needs revision.

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