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Meet the Coywolf - The Nature of Things




David Suzuki's show in CBC, The Nature of Things, produced an episode Meet the Coywolf (apologies if the site only services Canada). While I'd never heard the term coywolf, we generally refer to them as the Eastern Coyote, the show discusses the development of the larger, more aggressive form of coyotes in the region I live in.

The show explores concepts of hybridization and evolution and how they relate to the changes we see in coyotes in the east versus their much smaller, more timid ancestors in the west. It also covers some of the reasons for coyote adaptability and their integration into urban environments.

Some of the opening scenes in Cape Breton show you the island I live on, and specifically, the National Park I used to work in (and my former boss/coworker, Erich Muntz). I've had some involvement in the current research projects into the unusual aggression of the coyotes here. I was also working at the time that Taylor Mitchell was attacked/killed on the Skyline Trail; that was a pretty busy/tense time in the Park, lemme tell ya Razz The professor/tracker (Dr. Simon Gadbois) stayed in the same park house with me when he was here with his dog, Zela (I'm not sure how her name is spelled Razz ). Little personal connection to something nationally relevant Smile



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