‘Wolves, Dogs and Coy Wolves: An Evolutionary History’

WILMINGTON – The Wilmington Historical Society will present a program “Wolves, Dogs and Coy Wolves: An Evolutionary History” with Steve Hall of the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge & Rehabilitation Center as the speaker, to be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Wilmington Community Center.

“While running their genomes has resulted in all of our dogs being reclassified as domestic wolves, it’s still tough to figure how our ancestors started with wolves, and we ended up not only with huskies, but with pugs as well,” Hall said. “On the other hand, the genetic evidence is a whole lot more helpful in understanding why our Adirondack coyotes, coy dogs, coy wolves, choose-a-name, etc., are considerably larger than their western coyote cousins. We’ll speculate on the first subject, and try to explain the second, while shedding light on the role of wolves in nature, outside their bizarre portrayals in Hollywood movies and politics.”

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by the Country Bear Bakery in Wilmington. For further information, contact the Wilmington Historical Society at 518-420-8370.