Part Coyote, Part Wolf, Part Dog: Enter the Coywolf

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A new top predator roams the northeastern United States. The creature, which is equally at home in city parks, in graveyards and on the exurban fringes of civilization, has the lithe body and rust-tinged gray coat of a coyote. But it’s bigger, with a robust, wolfish skull and steel-trap jaws. Peer into the animal’s DNA, as scientists have begun to do over the past decade, and in addition to wolf and coyote you’ll find a dose of domestic dog.

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