Animal sanctuary excitement! Help us reach our $6000 goal, Ontario!

Welcome to The Coywolf Association!  First and foremost, check out our “About Us” and “Mission” pages.

These are exciting times for our nonprofit.  We’re fundraising to adopt two red foxes, two coyotes, and two crows for a shelter that will be built in Spring 2015 on Chippewa Road right by the airport (with MNR permission).  You have questions.  Why and how?  So many questions.  You’ll find most of the answers right here on our fundraising page:

PLEASE DONATE even $1 or $5 if you can.  We have ambitious goals and we’re hoping to work with local businesses to achieve our $6000.  If you can’t contribute, then please consider filling out the form on our Volunteer page, and please spread the word!  We hope you decide to stay in contact as we expand our network and get ready to build our animal habitats!


The similarities between jaguars and the coyotes of Appalachia

Jaguars and coyotes?  That’s not even a comparison of apples and oranges.  It’s more like dragonfruit and pineapple, or kumquats and pomegranate.  How can you find similarities between the scrawny little coyote and the massive, mighty jaguar? Marcella Kelly can see some common points.


Are coyotes in Virginia and jaguars in Belize similar in any way?

Their elusiveness. These coyotes in Appalachia are much more like cats than coyotes in the [West], which tend to live by themselves. Here they live in small family groups, they don’t vocalize as much as Western coyotes and they are not easy to track. It’s hard to see them in the forest.

A Carmel couple accidentally ended up with five half-coyotes as pets. Hilarity, and science, ensues.

The Attells are careful to advise against buying wild hybrids – they loved their coyote-dogs, but many people don’t, and lots of wild-domestic hybrids get put down. Like Mullally says, “They can be socialized, but they can’t be domesticated.”

Still, their pets provide some insight into what coyotes are really like.

“People think of them as being really wild and aggressive, but they’re not,” Steve says. “None of the dogs ever got into any kind of argument or scuffle.”

Molly and Steve hiked and ran with Chitsa and her brothers, Dakota and Zorba, alongside their parents, Sequoya and Captain Jack, for years.

“Dakota was the love of my life,” Molly recalls fondly.


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Meet the Coywolf: Nature’s Next Top Dog?

“However, what’s interesting is that this has never truly been proven. In fact, coyotes and grey wolves famously don’t get along, bullying one another out of regions despite the fact that they only share some, and not all, resources.

“A study published in the Canadian Journal of Zoology back in 2000 revealed that there is a chance that grey wolves and timber wolves from different parts of North America are two separate species entirely. That then lead experts to the theory that the timber wolf is a wolf species that specifically evolved from a coyote-like ancestor, while grey wolves emigrated to North America over the Bering Strait. Such a theory could explain why timber wolves (sometimes called “eastern wolves”) can hybridize into the Eastern coyote despite what appears to be a base hatred between grey wolves and North America’s smaller canine.

“Still, a paper published in Heredity, a Nature publication, back in 2010 revealed that Eastern wolf and coyote populations often boast genetic information specific to timber wolf fathers and coyote mothers. This raised a new set of questions: was the timber wolf actually once a hybridization between coyotes and grey wolves? Does that then mean the coywolf is a hybridized hybrid?”

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