“Wolf In Dog’s Clothing? Black Wolves May Be First ‘Genetically Modified’ Predators”

ScienceDaily (Feb. 6, 2009) — Slipping through trees or across snow, the wolf has glided into legend on paws of white, gray or — in North America — even black. This last group owes an unexpected debt to the cousins of the domestic dog, say Stanford researchers. In an unconventional evolutionary twist, dogs that bred with wolves thousands of years ago ceded a genetic mutation encoding dark coat color to their former ancestors. As a result, the Gray Wolf, or Canis lupus, is no longer just gray.

The effect was more than just cosmetic: the resulting black wolves, which are found nearly exclusively in North America, seem to have a selective advantage over lighter-colored wolves in forested areas. It’s a rare instance of domestic animals — in this case, probably the dogs of the earliest Native Americans — contributing to the genetic variability of their wild counterparts in a way that affects both the recipients’ appearance and survival.

READ MORE: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090205142137.htm

Wolves are such amazing animals. We have so much to learn from and about them. Yet in nine days and counting the guns will start firing, the traps will be laid and hell will reign down on an unsuspecting, innocent wolf population. All who’ve had a part in this upcoming slaughter, SHAME, SHAME!!!!

Don’t forget to visit Howl Across America and join a protest or organize your own.  Stand for wolves! Make a difference.

Remember economic and travel boycotts in effect for the wolf states until they stop slaughtering wolves.

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Posted in: Biodiversity, Wolf Wars

Tags: black wolves, dogs contribute black gene, biodiversity, apex predator

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