Re: Wolf, Coyote or Coywolf??
In NC, USFWS releases Red Wolves which very readily interbreed with coyotes. Out of the first 51 litters born, 11 litters were hybrid litters with coyotes. Of the 24 current packs in our state, 11 consist of a coyote with a wolf mate. Our genious government thinks they can sterilize, through vasectomies and tubal ligations, all the coyotes that venture into wolf territory to keep them from interbreeding. Let me tell you from first hand experience, the wolves and all the resulting hybrids have destoyed the deer population on my farm in northeastern NC. The Feds have collared 60 wolves out of 100 and 65 coyotes and hybrids out of thousands. The Feds can not even distinguish a true red wolf anymore without DNA testing the animal. They then impose a one year jail term and $100,000 fine for shooting a wolf. As a land owner, you are left defenseless because so many different animals are collared and they all look alike. If you make a mistake, you go to jail and are fined $100,000. Some wolves are collared, some have tracking devices implanted in the abdomen. We have many liberals in our state and the media constantly offers rewards when a wolf is killed. I met with the NC Wildlife Resources Director and the USFWS Director of the Red Wolf program last month and I handed the Red Wolf Director 30 or so trail cam pics and asked him to identify which pics were wolves and which were coyotes or hybrids. After several minutes and many puzzling looks, he handed the pics back and said he could not identify what species the animals were!!!! I am mounting a big effort to shut this program down in our state. It has been a huge failure and has actually exacerbated our coyote problem by producing a hybrid super coyote which we can not kill because it is so similar in looks to the protected wolf. The program was begun in 1987. In 1999 there were 95 wolves. Today, they estimate there are 90 - 110 wolves and untold numbers of hybrids. The program is 26 years old and the growth has completely stagnated at half of their stated goal of 220. So after we have wasted millions of tax payer dollars for 26 years, the government has been successful at two things. They have created a new hybrid coyote in our state which has devastated our deer herds and most important to them, they have kept several liberal biologists and countless government workers employed.