Hybrid aversion

Wolves, dogs, and the humans who love to keep them apart

Authored by: Emma Marris

The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities

Print publication date:  January  2017
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138786745
eBook ISBN: 9781315766355
Adobe ISBN: 9781317660194

10.4324/9781315766355.ch6

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Abstract

Wolves are, for many people, the living embodiment of wildness. Dogs, on the other hand, are the nonhuman animal we have most closely adopted as one of our own: man’s best friend, the apogee of domestication. And yet, the two creatures can and do mate and have fertile offspring. The wolf’s scientific name is Canis lupus. The dog’s scientific name is Canis lupus familiaris. That is to say: they are the same species.

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