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Old 02-01-2017, 10:32 PM   #40
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Originally Posted by Gman View Post
That study reeks of political motivation to head off the de-listing of Grey Wolves. The Eastern wolf sample used was from only 2 animals that came from an area where hybridization is common. They never went into the field to study and sample them! I would defer to researchers here in Ontario who have sampled hundreds of animals and spent countless hours in the field studying them.
That seems like a pretty arbitrary dismissal of an academic and peer-reviewed journal article.

From reading the news article, it seems these researches have been taking DNA samples from wolves all over North America and the world:
Bridgett M. vonHoldt of Princeton University and her colleagues sequenced the genomes of 12 gray wolves, six Eastern wolves, three red wolves and three coyotes, as well as the genomes of dogs and wolves from Asia.
The article mentions specifically that 2 of the "eastern" wolves were from the Algonquin Provincial Park.

And it seems there are additional studies which are using larger sample populations:
Despite her concerns, Dr. Rutledge joined Dr. vonHoldt’s lab as a research associate last year to participate in a new study on wolves, called the Canine Ancestry Project. The researchers are pooling their samples of DNA to study up to 100 wolves, coyotes and dogs from every state in the continental United States, as well as in Canadian provinces.
If you have links to studies which offer countering views, please share them.
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