Wolves used to thrive in Maine, but when Europeans moved in and started clearing land for farming purposes…the wolves went away.
However, as the wolf population became more and more scarce in Maine, wolves would often mate with their once enemy, the coyote. This hybrid produced some of the ‘larger’ coyotes we see today here in Maine.
“It’s a bigger animal,” said Dr. Paula T. Work of the Maine State Museum. “It has a bushy tail, it’s a taller animal and it’s about twice the weight of the Western coyote.”
The hybrid roams all over Maine and can be found in dense wooded areas of the state, as well as populated areas.
The hybrid below was seen in Winslow, Maine. (In my backyard…and it was far bigger than any coyote I have ever seen!)
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