Strange wolf-like animal killed in Montana puzzles wildlife officials

An owner of a ranch in Montana reported record of a wild animal that wildlife officials wonder what it was .

(KXLO Radio)

A large wolf-like animal shot and killed in Montana has wildlife officials and the social media wondering what it was.

A farmer shot the grey beast on 16 May when it ventured too close to their livestock in Denton. The farmer reported that he was killing a wolf, but wolf specialists looked at pictures of the animal and doubted it was a purebred wolf, ABCFoxMontana reported.

“We have no idea what it was,” Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Bruce Auchly said.

(Montana FWP)

“The canines were shot, the front legs too small and the claws on the front leg were too long,” Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Bruce Auchly said in a press release on Thursday.

“However, social media was quick to pronounce the animal as a wolf is a wolf hybrid, something mythical,” he said.

This animal was killed May 16 when it came within a few hundred yards of a farmer’s livestock.

(Montana FWP)

The Great Falls Tribune also reported that the animal shared many of the characteristics of a wolf, but its large ears, short legs and body, and his fur stood it apart.

“We have no idea what this was until we got a DNA report back,” Auchly told the newspaper. “It was in the vicinity of a rancher’s place, it was shot, and our game wardens went to investigate. The whole animal was sent to our lab in Bozeman. That is the last that I ever heard of.”

Montana wildlife officials said the front legs of the animal were too small to be a purebred wolf

(Montana FWP)


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