I love coywolves. The one thing that confuses me though is finding their scientific name.
Are there 3 different types of coywolf or do all this scientific names refer to the same animal,but different ideas of what the scientific name should be?
I've seen these different coywolves with these different names:
1.Eastern Coyote/Coywolf (Canis latrans var)-It seems to live atleast in Massuchets(sp?). They seem to be large and very wolf-like in appearance,but still with coyote colors. They might live in southern Ontario, the eastern provinces of Canada, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maine,
and the rest of the Northeastern United States.
This site is about them with pictures and info: http://www.easterncoyoteresearch.com/
2.Northeastern Coyote/Brush Wolf (Canis latrans thamnos)- These live atleast in Canada, maybe in some places in the Northeastern US too. They seem to have a more coyote-like appearance than the wolves of the Eastern Coyote Research website. They are still bigger than Western coyotes though and maybe bigger than Eastern coyotes according to some sources and have some wolf-like features. They may live in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, and Manitoba in Canada. In the US,
they might live in North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana.
This site has some info about them and pictures: http://www.wildlifetech.com/pages/necoyote.htm
3.Adirondack Coywolf/Coyote(Canis latrans lycaon): Some of them look alot like red wolves(Canis rufus) except their coats aren't as red,but more coyote-colored with grays and browns. Some of them look very western coyote-like even more than both Eastern and Northeastern coyotes and they appear to be alot smaller than the other two coywolves with alot more coyote-like features and less wolf-like features. They are still bigger than western coyotes though and have some vague wolf-like features that make them look kind of simliar to red wolves. As far as I can tell, it may live only in New York, specifically in the Adirondack Mountains range there. I couldn't find much info on this animal,but it is mentioned on one site here: http://wilddog.hypermart.net/Home/Wild_ ... /index.htm
Also, there are more pictures of them here:http://wilddog.hypermart.net/Home/Wild_ ... ytPic.html
Also, are the Mountain Coyotes(Canis latrans lestes) and Northern Coyotes(Canis latrans incolatus) coywolves? They look larger and more wolf-like than other subspecies of coyote and I think I remember reading somewhere that they hunt in packs unlike most other subspecies of western coyote.Here is some info on Mountain Coyotes. Apparently, the males can weigh as much as 30 pounds, deer is a large part of their diet, and some have colors so wolf-like that the locals have nicknamed them "gray wolves", all of which would make me think they might be coywolves rather than purebred coyotes: http://www.nps.gov/history/history/onli ... mals15.htm
And this is supposedly a mountain coyote and it looks very large and kind of wolf-like to me: http://rpguide.soulsrpg.com/public/imag ... estes4.png
Northern Coyotes can weigh up 60 pounds or more. According to this site, supposedly, Northern Coyotes do have atleast a small amount of wolf in them:http://www.creaturecontrol.net/Coyotes
This site has some info on Northern Coyote if you scroll down to where it says "The First Wave": http://hal_macgregor.tripod.com/kennel/Anatomy.htm
This is supposedly a Northern Coyote: http://rpguide.soulsrpg.com/public/imag ... latus6.png