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Wild wolves in Missouri? DNA results from carcass pending


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Wild wolves in Missouri? DNA results from carcass pending
Author: Auntie P.
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...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.

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What a shame that they have to shoot first and then realize what they did. Mad  

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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."

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Press Release from the Missouri Department of Conservation includes two high resolution photos.

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Hmmmmm, that sure doesn't look like a coyote to me. Confused

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strangely enough it does look more like a wolf than a coyote. although it is possible that it could have been a hybrid between the two with its DNA being more coyote than wolf and that being why the test result came up coyote

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i took a closer look at the head shot, the muzzle is more narrowed in appearance like a coyote's, but the ears look more wolf as well as the coat markings. i therefore stand strong on my theory that this was actually a hybrid between a wolf and a coyote


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