Wolf dogs

Latvian wolves found to be interbreeding with dogs

source: New Scientist May 4 2002 p27

Genetic analysis carried out on 31 wolves from Kemeri National Park, Latvia, has found that a minimum of 12 of them appear to be hybrids, resulting from interbreeding with dogs. Wolves usually see dogs as prey, but this can change at a time when wolf populations are falling. The wolf population in the Kemeri region may have been affected by intensive hunting, the researchers argue. The research was carried out by Zanete Andersone and team, and has been reported in Mammalian Biology, vol 67 p79.