Texas wild ca­nines found to have link to en­dan­gered red wolf

The Western Star - - WORLD -

DAL­LAS — Re­searchers say a pack of wild ca­nines found frol­ick­ing near the beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast carry a sub­stan­tial amount of red wolf genes.

The find­ing has led to a new un­der­stand­ing that the red wolf DNA is re­mark­ably re­silient after decades of hu­man hunt­ing, loss of habi­tat and other fac­tors had led the an­i­mal to near dec­i­ma­tion. The red wolf was de­clared ex­tinct in the wild in 1980, but some were cap­tured for a suc­cess­ful cap­tive breed­ing pro­gram. Those ca­nines be­came part of an ex­per­i­men­tal wild pop­u­la­tion in North Carolina. The ge­netic anal­y­sis found that the ca­nines from Galve­ston Is­land in Texas ap­pear to be a hy­brid of red wolf and coy­ote.

A sci­en­tist in­volved in the re­search says ad­di­tional test­ing is needed to la­bel the an­i­mal.

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