DNA Test Shows Missouri Hunter Shot Wolf Last Year

6 years 11 months 21 hours ago Thursday, March 21 2013 Mar 21, 2013 Thursday, March 21, 2013 5:16:46 AM CDT March 21, 2013 in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY - The state Conservation Department says a canine shot by a hunter in central Missouri last fall turned out to be a wolf.

The hunter who shot the animal in Howard County in October thought it was a coyote, but the Conservation Department said Wednesday the remains are actually those of a gray wolf.

Gray wolves have not lived in Missouri since the late 1800s, but some have wandered in from northern states.

Conservation officials said a DNA test on the Howard County wolf confirms it came from Minnesota, Wisconsin or Michigan.

Officials say there's no evidence that the gray wolf is repopulating in Missouri.

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