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Is this a wolf? Wildlife experts are baffled

28 May 2018

A large animal shot near Denton was originally reported as a wolf. It was legitimate for the wolf-like animal to be shot based upon Senate Bill 200.

"Something was not right about the animal, it does not look like a wild wolf", an FWP spokesperson said on Twitter video.

The creature is now with officials at the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks for a DNA analysis, with experts saying they have "no idea" what it is.

The dead animal's canine teeth were too short, the front paws were tiny for a wolf, and the claws on those paws were too long.

Nevertheless, according to FWP, many people on social media and some news sources were quick to pronounce the animal as everything from a wolf to a wolf hybrid, something mythical, and "mysterious wolf-like creature".

They are now relying on DNA tests to determine exactly what the species is. 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've had a few instances of wolf/dog hybrids out there", he said, according to The Great Falls Tribune. "They're spotted each day and the government quells any and all reports. That's the last I heard of it".

One online commenter wrote, "That could very well be what's being called Dogman", the Tribune reported. Several people report being strong armed into keeping quiet about their reports by men wearing black suits. "Look into if if you don't believe it".

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

Another local specialist Ty Smucker's (Smucker Ty), which is including wolves, suggested that the beast - a hybrid of a wolf and dog. "Number two, it's a prehistoric animal, like mastodons and saber-toothed tigers; so it doesn't exist", a spokesman for the agency, Bruce Auchly, said.

Instead of speculate on the enigma's origin or exact species designation, FWP sent the carcass to their lab in Bozeman, "There tissue samples will be collected, and then shipped to the US Fish and Wildlife Service Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon".

The process of this DNA testing can take a week, but they do not know how long it will take depending on the lab's backlog of cases.

Is this a wolf? Wildlife experts are baffled