They called them Eastern Coyotes because they knew they weren't traditional coydogs or western coyotes moved East. They are hybrid wolves, and grow much larger then the Tricksters of old. It has taken 30 odd years for the truth to come out. DNA testing was done. The reason behind the release could be seen 2 ways.
1. The budworm epidemic had struck Maine and the paper companies stood to loose ungodly amounts of money as the cutting practices in Maine were behind the times. Most wood was cut in the winter with archaic equipment and when it would do the least damage to the land. They could not increase the cutting enough to get the stocks of fir, the only tree killed by budworm, not spruce as in it's name, cleaned up. They sprayed Western, Northern, and Eastern Maine with a pesticide to stop the infestation until they could get new equipment into the workforce. They did this with low interest loans, company programs, and the fact that if you wanted to work on company land you had to have a skidder. Clearcuts were unheard of before this time. The areas of Maine sprayed have the highest cancer rates in the nation and are now being "studied". How long before the results of that study will be known?
2. The very wealthy group known as Restore the North Woods is now pushing hard for a national park in Maine and the release of Timber wolves or Grey Wolves. These people are of the Liberal/EPA/the locals are just in the way type. It is very easy to obtain almost %100 percent wolf/dogs, how hard for a wealthy group to obtain a hybrid wolf/coyote and let it go? It wiped out the huge hunting industry in Maine, as before the coyote or spray or both, the deer herd was large and Maine was a destination for many hunters.
The spray was proved in court to cause miscarriages in mammals, and this goes hand in hand with the "local lore" that all of a sudden, there were no small deer in the woods. We(those that lived it and studied it) believe they were released to distract from the real crime(spraying) being done to the inhabitants of those regions of Maine. Once the numbers were down and the clearcuts established, a different habitat better for Moose and Bear, the deer have not been able to recover except in close proximity to towns. Leading less educated folks to reason there are plenty of deer now in these areas of Maine. Add in the fact that deer are a scourge in many areas, particularly where most people that move in come from, and no one cares as deer are not exotic.
When an event occurs to a lifestyle you have become accustomed to and cherish, you educate yourself to what caused it. I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I can read the written word and talk with many locals and categorize these events as they played out in time. And as Sam would say, follow the money.
Maine was "transformed" 30 years ago and since there were so few people up there and they were"ignorant" anyways, no one cares. But it has never recovered it's forest and never will at the present rate of harvesting of smaller and younger trees by larger and larger machines year round, ignoring the damage to the land. I still say a National Park is imminent while this turd is president. He placed Roxanne Quimby on the national park board and her views are well known.