...his story centers on an animal he mistook for a coyote and shot — a creature that appears to be a wolf.
Resource scientists have collected tissue and hair for DNA analysis, and they’re contacting wildlife biologists from nearby states that have wolves to get a clue to where this animal came from.
The last time a gray wolf was reported in Missouri was in 2001, when a young animal was mistakenly shot in Grundy County. That wolf had a radio collar and its origin was traced to Michigan.
But initial clues indicate it may have been a wild animal.
“The animal was covered in lice, and most captive wolves are generally parasite free,” said Jeff Beringer, a resource scientist for the Department of Conservation. “We also found no wear spots in the elbows, which is common on captive wolves and other animals that spend a lot of time lying around.”
The wolf, a male, weighed 104 pounds and appeared to be 3 years old, Beringer said.
No form of identification — tattoo, ear tag or microchip — was found.
update... NOT A WOLF
"DNA test results, received last week by the Missouri Department of Conservation, revealed the animal actually was an abnormally large coyote. "That would be similar to a 7-foot human, something you don't see very often, but can occur."
Press Release from the Missouri Department of Conservation includes two high resolution photos.