Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) said this week that a mysterious animal that was a shot in The Treasure State was a gray wolf.
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The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) revealed the identity of the mysterious wolf-like creature that was shot and killed in the state over the past month. Officials confirmed in a press release Monday that the DNA results prove the animal was a gray wolf.
“The lab compared the animal’s DNA with thousands of DNA samples from wolves, coyotes and dogs. The conclusion was clear – this animal is a gray wolf from the northern Rocky Mountains,” the statement read.
Montana FWP officials initially weren’t sure what the creature was when a farmer fatally shot on his property.
STRANGE WOLF-LIKE ANIMAL KILLED IN MONTANA PUZZLES WILDLIFE OFFICIALS
The agency said an inspection of the animal in his laboratory “proved to be a relatively normal looking, dark brown wolf.”
FWP officials initially weren’t sure what the creature was when a farmer shot it.
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Officials say that the wolf weighed in at 84.5 kilos and was about 2 to 3 years old.
“The wolf is a non-lactating woman, which means that they are not of a litter of puppies,” they explained, and noted that “a unique physical characteristics they can also be displayed in her brothers and sisters or parents and can be passed on by the other children in her family.”
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service geneticist Mary Curtis says that it is not uncommon that there are physical variations of animals within a species.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.