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Collections from Storage: A Visit to our Hidden Treasures

Eastern Gray Wolf

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This is the first wolf formally identified and captured in southern Quebec in more than a century. This mammal of the family Canidae, named Estrie, was trapped on January 22, 2002 in Sainte-Marguerite-de-Lingwick, Quebec. Since wolves and coyotes look very much alike and because there are many genetic crosses between coyotes and dogs, a more thorough examination was carried out to identify the animal. Morphological measurements and the DNA analysis confirm that this animal is indeed a wolf. Its presence surprised many people, because, on account of the harm it caused to animal husbandry activities, the wolf had been extirpated from the area south of the St. Lawrence River in the mid-XIXth century. The departure of the wolf from the scene allowed coyotes from the United States to fill the void.

Whole mounted Wolf

Credits : Musée de la nature et des sciences, Sherbrooke

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