DENTON, MO (WCMH) — A Montana rancher shot a wolf-like animal on his property, and wildlife officials and members of the public are wondering just exactly what it is.
According to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, a rancher shot the animal when it came too close to his livestock. MFWP says the animal was “a young, non-lactating female.”
The animal was originally labeled a wolf, but wildlife specialists say it is probably not a purebred wolf. They explain its canine teeth were too short, the front paws too small, and the claws on the front paw too long.
MFWP sent the carcass to their laboratory, where tissue samples will be collected and shipped to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Laboratory. Scientists will look for DNA markers to determine what the animal is.