Ca­nines have genes of ex­tinct species

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - NA­TION & WORLD -

Re­searchers say a pack of wild ca­nines found near Gulf Coast beaches carry a sub­stan­tial amount of red wolf genes — sur­pris­ing be­cause the an­i­mal was de­clared ex­tinct in the wild nearly 40 years ago. The find­ing has led bi­ol­o­gists and oth­ers to de­velop a new un­der­stand­ing that red wolf DNA is re­mark­ably re­silient af­ter decades of hu­man hunt­ing, loss of habi­tat and other fac­tors led the an­i­mal to near dec­i­ma­tion. A ge­netic anal­y­sis found that the Galve­ston ca­nines ap­pear to be a hy­brid of red wolf and coy­ote.

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