The Original Status of Wolves in Eastern North America

Authors: Ronald M. Nowak

From the Southeaster Naturalist

The subspecies C. lupus lycaon of southeastern Ontario and southern Quebec is statistically intermediate to C. rufus and western C. lupus, and may have resulted from natural hybridization of those two species. Such could explain how the red and gray wolf differ so sharply where their ranges meet in the west but morphologically approach one another in the east.

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