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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, November 5, 2015

Melanism(the black phase coloring) in Coyotes is quite rare,,,,,,,,,,,Thought to be influenced by historical and recent matings of coyotes and C. rufus/C.lycaon (Red Wolf/Eastern Wolf)) and/or C. lupus familiaris (Domestic Dog) ,,,,,,,,,,,,Take a look at the,beautiful "black phase" South Carolina Coyote seen on trail cam on Sullivans Island, South Carolina below

Melanistic Coyotes
 in Northwest Georgia
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Christopher B. Mowry1,*
 and Justin L. Edge1
 Berry College, Department
 of Biology, Box 430, Mt.
Berry, GA 30149.
 Corresponding author -
Manuscript Editor: John Cox


Melanism is rare in Canis latrans (Coyote)
, but we detected the phenotypic trait several
 times in northwest Georgia. We observed up
 to 9 melanistic Coyotes during a 9-year period,
 2003–2012: 5 from trail-camera photographs,
 2 from live-captures during a radio-telemetry
 study, and 2 from hunter-kills. The ancestry
 of southeastern Coyotes is unclear, and we
suggest that a genetic study including melanistic
 individuals could increase understanding of
the potential influence of C. lupus(Gray Wolf),
 C. rufus (Red Wolf) and/or C.
 lupus familiaris (Domestic Dog) on
 the Coyote's genetic makeup and evolutionary


Once again, another spectacular daylight
video of 3 melanistic coyotes on Sullivan's
 around 8:15 am this morning.

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