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B.C. wolves distinct subspecies, research finds

VANCOUVER -- They might look and sound like other wolves, but those found along B.C.'s west coast are a distinct subspecies, new scientific research has found.

A report published in this month's Journal of Biography says coastal wolves are genetically different from wolves in an adjacent range in the B.C. Interior and from wolves elsewhere in North America.

"... the striking inference is that the ecologically distinctive Great Bear Rainforest [in B.C.]likely harbours many more genetically unique animals and plants. In this way, one animal [the wolf]gives us a key insight into an entire ecosystem," said one of the researchers, Chris Darimont of the University of Victoria. Staff

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