The coyote-wolf hybrid killed near Botwood last fall is a rare animal in Newfoundland — but becoming more common, says a provincial wildlife director.John Blake of the Department of Environment and Climate Change says the large animal caught by Kevin Strowbridge in November was revealed through testing at Memorial University’s genetics lab to be a hybrid between a grey wolf and an eastern coyote.Hybridization has been common elsewhere for decades, said Blake.”[But] in the case of the ecology of Newfoundland and Labrador, certainly a new phenomena here.” It’s relatively new, but growing; Blake said the “Botwood Beast” is the 11th such hybrid confirmed by the provincial government.

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