The Thylacine was more a marsupial coyote than a marsupial wolf

One of the most common memes in our popular understanding of zoology is that the thylacine of Tasmania was the marsupial equivalent of the gray wolf.  This idea comes from a rather superficial understanding of its morphology, and lots of … Continue reading

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So does the maned wolf break the “costs of carnivory” paradigm?

In recent post I wrote about the new research regarding the thylacine’s size, I mentioned that maned wolves might violated the “costs of carnivory” rule, which states that predatory mammals that weigh more than 21 kilograms (46 pounds) must haunt … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on wolf evolution

We spend a lot of time debating about how wolves became dogs. A huge debate exists in the archaeological and paleontological literature about how one can determine whether the remains of a canid represent a wolf, a dog, or a … Continue reading

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Gene flow between tazi and wolf in Kazakhstan

This image appeared on a Kazakh instagram account.  The wolf appears to be a steppe wolf (Canis lupus campestris). In Kazakhstan, people keep wolves as pets and “guard dogs” fairly often, and according to Stephen Bodio, they are obsessed with … Continue reading

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Thank you for this honest assessment. I am a wolf…

Thank you for this honest assessment. I am a wolfdog rescuer/sanctuary owner and sadly, we are in no position to help with 60 in our sanctuary now. Education is what will save the true wolfdogs AND keep bad backyard breeders … Continue reading

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Wolf alarm bark

A Yellowstone wolf sounding hauntingly familiar: Natural History

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Wolf problems in North America

I’m so glad these taxonomy issues are being raised on a popular science Youtube series: Natural History

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Ethiopian wolf hunting strategies

From the BBC’s The Hunt:   Natural History

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The yellow dog has become a ravening wolf

Nearly a year after her TTA, Miley is back in action. She’s 8 years old, but she runs and looks like she’s five. In past week, she’s dispatched a full grown rabbit and this chipmunk. Golden retrievers never like to … Continue reading

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