The large canid that killed sheep for over a year in northeast central Montana and which was finally shot about a month ago, might not have been a wolf afterall, but the possibility that it was a wolf has not been ruled out.
As in life, controversy continues over the animal’s nature and origin even with its carcass in hand. Its markings and color are different from the now native wolves of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, suggesting it is a wolf hybrid, but then again it might have been a wolf migrating in from Minnesota.
DNA analysis should tell the story.
Officials don’t know if predator was wolf or where it came from. By Mike Stark. Billings Gazette.
Story of its shooting back on Nov. 3, 2006. “NE Montana mystery canid finally killed after a year.”