Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Wolf-like animal shot in central Montana, DNA tests underway

Wolf-like animal shot in central Montana, DNA tests underway

The rancher near the town of Denton shot the creature last week when it came within several hundred metres of his livestock, said officials. After shooting it, as required by law, he reported the animal, but when experts responded they were puzzled by what they found.

The creature's front claws and canine teeth are too short and its ears are too tall in proportion to its skull for it to be a purebred wolf, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

But in order to work out the exact species of the creature, the department sent its carcass to a lab, with DNA samples to be tested for identification.

"Nevertheless, social media was quick to pronounce the animal as everything from a wolf to a wolf hybrid to something mythical", the release said. "The department has collected some samples for genetic testing and we will be sending those samples off". 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.

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"We have no idea what it was until we get a report on your DNA" - say the staff of the office. "They're spotted each day and the government quells any and all reports".

One poster tweeted: "That could very well be what's being called Dogman".

Wolf management specialist for Montana FWP, Ty Smucker, said that several things about the animal were odd. Several people report being strong armed into keeping quiet about their reports by men wearing black suits.

After the dogman stepped over the poster's fence, "I heard it yip and bark while on the other side, which was prairie, with a butte and then forest". Look into if you don't believe it'.

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"First off (dire wolf) was a song by the Grateful Dead from 1971", he told the Great Falls Tribune.

At the moment the body of the animal is investigated by staff of the wildlife of Montana.

The lone-predator was shot and killed on a ranch outside Denton, Montana on May 16 and was quickly turned over to State officials. "Number 2, it's a prehistoric animal, like mastodons and sabre toothed tigers; so it doesn't exist".

The DNA matching process could be finished in a week's time, but could take weeks or months.

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