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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

So is a 37 kilo sized Canid(81.4 pounds) shot on the Bonavista Peninsula in Labrador an Eastern Coyote as initially identified,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,or is it really an Eastern Wolf? My friend Joe sent me this article and the overwhelming consensus of his Wildlife biologist and naturalist friends is------WOLF!!!!!!!

Hunter shoots huge coyote

Some believe it's a wolf because of its size

Joe Fleming from Spillars Cove, near Bonavista, with the coyote he killed on Monday. JoeJoe Fleming from Spillars Cove, near Bonavista, with the 37 kilo coyote he killed on Monday. 

A man from the Bonavista Peninsula community of Spillars Cove shot and killed a 37-kilogram coyote — nearly twice the weight of a normal coyote. Joe Fleming — an avid coyote hunter — had seen abnormally large tracks and had heard tales about a super-sized predator in the area.On Monday, Fleming decided to hunt the animal using an electronic decoy device to lure it into the open.
"I turned on a male challenge call, which means there's another male trying to take over his area or his female coyotes, and I'd say within three minutes he was coming in," said Fleming. He killed the animal with a single rifle shot from over 200-metres away.

wolf paw or coyote paw?






Wolf in coyote's clothing?

Fleming wasn't sure whether the animal was a coyote or a wolf because the tracks were so big. However, Fleming was told at a government-sponsored coyote seminar a month ago there are no wolves in Newfoundland.

seems to me Wolves are in New Foundland

"But they do say that our coyotes have been crossed with wolves before they came to Newfoundland," Flemibg said, "And their DNA contains wolf DNA." "If somebody else shot it I'd say the same thing [it's not a coyote], I don't mind skepticism because I'd have to see it to believe it."
Fleming took the dead animal to the wildlife office in Clarenville where hair and blood samples were taken for analysis. Fleming said wildlife officers believe it is a coyote, but he's awaiting test results for final confirmation.

 Eastern Coyote-can top off at 50 to 60 pounds

Eastern Wolf in Algonquin Park in Canada typically 90-100 pounds


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