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Scientists say coyotes in Western New York are beginning to look more like wolves

Posted at 6:37 AM, Nov 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-17 06:39:52-05

Recent coyote sightings all over Western New York have caused a stir in the area over the last several months.

And now, scientists say coyotes here are beginning to look more wolf-like, both in their appearance and genetically.

The east coast coyote native to much of the mid-Atlantic and New England is larger than its cousins in the west.

That's because recent tests show the east coast coyote's genes actually have a combination of coyote, wolf and dog.

Researchers believe the genetic adaptation making them potentially better predators, especially when it comes to hunting white-tail deer that live in the northeastern United States.

Scientists say it could also help them thrive in more urbanized areas that are abundant here.