Here’s a small follow-up that concerns both creatures. As reported by Tom Spears in the Ottawa Citizen and Emily Chung for the CBC, recently-published research by J.F. Benson and B.R. Patterson indicates coyote or coyote-wolf hybrids in Ontario are able to hunt not just sick or young moose, but adult moose too.
Published by NRC Research Press, the study is titled: Moose (Alces alces) predation by eastern coyotes (Canis latrans) and eastern coyote × eastern wolf (Canis latrans × Canis lycaon) hybrids
Lead author John Benson did most of the research west of Ontario’s Algonquin Park while a graduate student at Trent University. Benson is now a wildlife research biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game with a strong background in the area of wolf-coyote hybridization.
Some of the comments on the CBC article were dismissive of the findings, saying that isn’t news (was already known to happen) or represents a waste of research funds. “My uncle who hunts says” or “one time I saw” can be valid, useful information. But – like it or not – claims of fact often require formal studies and peer-review by recognized experts to be accepted in the scientific community.
This topic extends to questions about what’s a wolf, what’s a coyote and what happens when the two inter-breed. Here’s more on grey wolves, eastern wolves, western coyotes and coywolves (a hybrid) from CBC’s “The Nature of Things”.
A 2012 incident in British Columbia , while alarming, was less serious, when a man who admitted he smelled like fried chicken was chased by a coyote as he cycled home.