Wolf-dog hybrid shot dead on U.S. ranch, puzzles experts
Monday, May 28, 2018, 5:39 PM - Animal experts are baffled after a strange “wolf-like” creature was shot on a ranch in Montana.
It was shot May 16 when spotted in a pasture containing livestock. The rancher reported it to authorities as required by law.
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While the animal looks like a wolf, experts aren't sure what it is.
"The first response was: Something was not right about the animal," a representative for Montana's Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Department told reporters Friday. "It doesn't look like a wild wolf."
The animal's front paw seems to be too short and its front claws are too long to be a purebred wolf, experts say.
Its canine teeth are also too short and its ears are too tall.
The FWP describes the animal as young and female and a member of the dog family that includes dogs, foxes, coyotes and wolves.
DNA samples have been sent out for testing, but the process could take several weeks to complete.
As of right now, the best guess is the animal is some sort of wolf-dog hybrid.
Sources: AP | Global News