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Unknown canine shot in Montana, confuses researchers

Post by Koa » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:46 am

A wolflike creature was stalking livestock in Montana. Authorities have no idea what it is.
By Cleve R. Wootson Jr., May 25
THE WASHINGTON POST

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. The ears were too big as well, experts told The Washington Post, and the coat was wrong. This was no wolf.

It was a young, non-lactating female and a canid, or member of the dog family, Montana wildlife officials concluded, but that’s about as far as animal experts got.
Read the full article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/ani ... ost&wpmm=1

Has anyone considered that it could be a coydog? Also, I know WashPo tends to take some leeway with their Animalia articles (or at least their newsletters), but personally I'm not a fan of how loosely this is written.
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Re: Unknown canine shot in Montana, confuses researchers

Post by Phasoli » Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:21 pm

Based off the images provided, it could very well be a coydog. The other claims that it's a Dogman or even Bigfoot seem so outlandish that I'm literally questioning why such a thing was suggested in the article.
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Re: Unknown canine shot in Montana, confuses researchers

Post by valkea » Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:25 pm

Coydog seems likely. I don't really understand why the possibilities of dire wolves or cryptids were even presented in the article, though. Doesn't seem like it would even be worth the time typing them up for this article if they wanted people to take the article seriously.
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Re: Unknown canine shot in Montana, confuses researchers

Post by Koa » Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:15 pm

That’s the thing— it’s close to their writing style in their “Animalia” newsletters, but Cleve isn’t usually the one who writes those and he’s on general assignment. I’m assuming he took the whole lighthearted approach a little too far and exaggerated certain elements more. A little disappointing from WashPo but not entirely uncharacteristic of them, even historically.
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Re: Unknown canine shot in Montana, confuses researchers

Post by Kereudio » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:35 am

The DNA tests came back recently and they revealed that the canine was merely a young wolf!
A strange-looking canine creature shot in central Montana in May was a young gray wolf, even if its unusual features fueled speculation it was some other species or hybrid, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said Monday.

DNA from the animal was tested at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service forensic laboratory in Ashland, Ore., which confirmed it was a young Canis lupus.

The lab compared the animal’s genetic markers with thousands of other samples from wolves, coyotes and dogs, confirming it is a gray wolf from the northern Rocky Mountains, said Mary Curtis, a Fish and Wildlife Service geneticist at the Oregon lab.
Source one, two, three (warning at all three links for images of the dead wolf)
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Re: Unknown canine shot in Montana, confuses researchers

Post by Koa » Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:02 am

Okumuras wrote:The DNA tests came back recently and they revealed that the canine was merely a young wolf!
A strange-looking canine creature shot in central Montana in May was a young gray wolf, even if its unusual features fueled speculation it was some other species or hybrid, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said Monday.

DNA from the animal was tested at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service forensic laboratory in Ashland, Ore., which confirmed it was a young Canis lupus.

The lab compared the animal’s genetic markers with thousands of other samples from wolves, coyotes and dogs, confirming it is a gray wolf from the northern Rocky Mountains, said Mary Curtis, a Fish and Wildlife Service geneticist at the Oregon lab.
Source one, two, three (warning at all three links for images of the dead wolf)
Thanks for the update! That first facial picture definitely clarifies things, too.
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