Canine Wildlife

Wolves, Coyotes, Coywolf

Many scientists now recognize the coywolf as one of four wild canine species in North America, the others being gray wolves (C. lupus), eastern wolves (C. lycaon) and western coyotes (C. latrans).

Researchers now believe coywolves first got their start at the southern end of Ontario, in Canada’s Algonquin Provincial Park, in the early 20th century, when colonizing coyotes from the west bred with remnant populations of eastern wolves or a subspecies of gray wolves.

The animals are now expanding throughout eastern North America, and have become a point of concern among conservationists, who note that hybridization is a major threat to the recovery of wolves.

In addition to having a larger overall body than western coyotes, coywolves also have larger, stronger jaws and bigger skulls, which allow them to better hunt the plentiful white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in eastern North America.

And like western coyotes — but unlike wolves — coywolves can adapt to all habitats, thriving in the countryside, in suburbs and in cities.

Spirit Animals for centuries have been seen as sources of meaning, wisdom and power. At their origins, Spirit Animals or totems, have been symbolic guides of our unconscious minds to journeys of self-discovery.

Before psychology and personality types, animals were used as a means to learn about ourselves. Wolves, out of all the power animals, have one of the strongest symbolisms.

The personality traits of the Wolf are those of powerful instinct, intuition and high intelligence. The Wolf roams the wild with a thirst for freedom, working within a social environment.