DNA profiles of the eastern Canadian wolf and the red wolf provide evidence for a common evolutionary history independent of the gray wolf

Authors: Paul J Wilson, Sonya Grewal, Ian D Lawford, Jennifer NM Heal, Angela G Granacki, David Pennock, John B Theberge, Mary T Theberge, Dennis R Voigt, Will Waddell, Robert E Chambers, Paul C Paquet, Gloria Goulet, Dean Cluff, and Bradley N White

From the Canadian Journal of Zoology

While studying the population of eastern Canadian wolves in Algonquin Provincial Park we recognized similarities to the red wolf, based on DNA profiles at 8 microsatellite loci. We examined whether this relationship was due to similar levels of introgressed coyote genetic material by comparing the microsatellite alleles with those of other North American populations of wolves and coyotes.

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