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Ethiopian wolves face risk of extinction

LONDON, Oct. 26 (UPI) — Africa’s only wolf species, the Ethiopian wolf, is genetically vulnerable and faces a risk of extinction, scientists say.

Fewer than 500 of the wolves are thought to survive and a study of groups of the animals in Ethiopia’s highlands has determined there is little gene flow between the small remaining populations, the BBC reported.

The lack of genetic variation puts the animals at risk of extinction from disease or habitat loss, a team of British and German researchers said.

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It is this lack of genetic diversity that wolf advocates in the US are trying to avoid by demanding a larger maintained population of wolves in the Yellowstone/Northern Rockies region – just saying.

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