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1 April 2012 Coyotes in Wolves' Clothing
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We report on three presumed wolf pups captured in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula, potentially representing the first documented case of wolf reproduction in the Lower Peninsula since wolves were extirpated there a century ago. The pups, two females and one male, were assumed to be wolves based on physical characteristics. Genetic profiles assigned all three pups as coyotes but revealed evidence of maternal introgression from a Great Lakes wolf in their pedigree. These findings suggest that Great Lakes wolves are capable of interbreeding with coyotes when conspecifics are rare.

Tyler Wheeldon, Brent Patterson, and Dean Beyer "Coyotes in Wolves' Clothing," The American Midland Naturalist 167(2), (1 April 2012). https://doi.org/10.1674/0003-0031-167.2.416
Received: 2 May 2011; Accepted: 1 October 2011; Published: 1 April 2012
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