Distinctions blur between wolf species

Blending of coyotes, grays leads to muddled canine identities

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MIXED UP  Eastern wolves (second from left) and red wolves (second from right) might be better described as mixtures between gray wolves (far left) and coyotes (far right) rather than distinct species, a new genetic analysis suggests.

FROM LEFT  Dennis Matheson/Flickr (gray wolf); Steffen239/Flickr (eastern wolf); Christine Majul/Flickr (red wolf); Mav/Wikimedia Commons (coyote)

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