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Title

Origin and status of the Great Lakes wolf

AuthorsKoblmüller, Stephan; Nord, M.; Wayne, Robert K.; Leonard, Jennifer A.
Issue Date2009
PublisherBlackwell Publishing
CitationMolecular Ecology 18: 2313- 2326 (2009)
AbstractAn extensive debate concerning the origin and taxonomic status of wolf-like canids in the North American Great Lakes region and the consequences for conservation politics regarding these enigmatic predators is ongoing. Using maternally, paternally and biparentally inherited molecular markers, we demonstrate that the Great Lakes wolves are a unique population or ecotype of gray wolves. Furthermore, we show that the Great Lakes wolves experienced high degrees of ancient and recent introgression of coyote and western gray wolf mtDNA and Y-chromosome haplotypes, and that the recent demographic bottleneck caused by persecution and habitat depletion in the early 1900s is not reflected in the genetic data. © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/58581
DOI10.1111/j.1365-294X.2009.04176.x
Identifiersdoi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2009.04176.x
issn: 0962-1083
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