Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Hairless Coyote Back in News

The hairless coyotes from Cuero, Texas, are back in the news now that someone found Mexican wolf genes in their coyote DNA. (News source.)

Now, this isn't particularly unexpected, as we know that a) eastern coyotes have wolf genes, and b) Mexican wolves are the smallest of the gray wolf subspecies and there may be more likelihood of genetic transfer between them and coyotes. For some reason, this genetic oddity keeps gaining media attention, which would be fine if they wouldn't keep calling the animals "chupacabras." That's just ignorance playing on fears. (Further, there's been no confirmation, from what I've seen, that these coyotes are "draining blood" from their prey. So far, it's all speculation.)

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