Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Mysterious Wolf-Like Animal Shot by Rancher Stumps Montana Wildlife Officials

Mysterious Wolf-Like Animal Shot by Rancher Stumps Montana Wildlife Officials

First thought to be a wolf, the animal was shot when it was spotted in a pasture with livestock. "He shot it and reported it as required by law".

But when officials arrived and began to inspect the animal, they weren't so sure the creature actually was a wolf.

However, once Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks employees arrived to the scene, they noted the female animal had several important differences compared to a wolf. But doubts arose because the front paw appeared too short, the front claws too long, the canine teeth too short, and ears too tall in proportion to the skull for a wolf.

They sent the carcass to the department's lab in Bozeman.

Until then, officials have no way of knowing what the animal is, but Smucker thinks it is some kind of wolf-dog hybrid, which is not uncommon. After failing to identify the body, the authorities sent it for DNA testing, fueling speculation about the animal's origin. Warden Zach Norris told the Associated Press that the killing was lawful because the animal was within the vicinity of livestock, domestic dogs and children.

One online commenter wrote, "That could very well be what's being called Dogman", the Tribune reported.

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The US state of Montana is well-known for its wilderness and wildlife, but even its animal experts are unable to determine the species of the canine recently killed near the central town of Denton. Several people report being strong armed into keeping quiet about their reports by men wearing black suits. "That's the last I ever heard of it". "Look into if if you don't believe it".

HuffPost asked Zardulu via Twitter if she had anything to do with the wolflike animal in Montana.

'I know; I listened to it many times.

Other, less fanciful suggestions, were that it was a grizzly bear cub and a dog-wolf hybrid, the explanation favoured by Ty Smucker, wolf management specialist for Montana FWP. "Number two, it's a prehistoric animal, like mastodons and saber toothed tigers; so it doesn't exist".

Researchers there will take tissue samples and ship them to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Laboratory in Oregon. The official statement also warned that it may take "weeks or months" for the results to come back.

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