Odd 'wolf-like' creature shot and killed in Montana

Denton Canid body

A large wolf-like animal shot and killed May 16 by a rancher near Denton has wildlife officials and the public wondering what it was.

A man in rural Montana shot and killed a werewolf-life creature, but a photo of the mysterious animal is drawing attention and puzzling folks across the land. Why?

Wolf specialists working for the department have identified that it was "a young, non-lactating female and a canid, a member of the dog family, which includes dogs, foxes, coyotes and wolves".

The animal's front paw appeared too short, the front claws too long, the canine teeth too short, and ears too tall in proportion to the skull to be a purebred wolf, experts said.

Tissue samples will be collected at the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department's Bozeman office before the beast's carcass will be sent to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lab in Ashland, Ore.

"We have no idea what it was until we get a report on your DNA" - say the staff of the office.

Denton Canid head
Odd 'wolf-like' creature shot and killed in Montana

What do you think this unusual animal is?

"They're spotted each day and the government quells any and all reports", one person on social media said, according to the Great Falls Tribune. "That's the last I heard of it".

The FWP wildlife management section chief Quentin Kujala later clarified it is most likely to be a wolf-dog hybrid. "Finally, we caught it and it turned out to be a hybrid". "Look into if if you don't believe it".

"First off (dire wolf) was a song by the Grateful Dead from 1971", he said of the prehistoric species speculation. Wolves and dogs can interbreed and produce viable offspring, something that almost always happens in captivity-although it can happen in the wild, albeit rarely.

"Every year, thousands of pet wolves or hybrids are abandoned, rescued or euthanized because people purchase an animal they were not prepared to care for", the International Wolf Center states.

He said the strongest suspicion about what the animal is, is that it's a "wolf-dog hybrid". In some states, hybrids are classified as wild animals and owners are required to possess the same type of permits and caging as for a wolf.

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