Wow, after about 4 1/2 months the Missouri Department of Conservation has officially identified a 104-pound wild canine as a wolf after the second round of DNA testing.
After the first round they announced the big animal shot opening weekend of the Missouri deer season was a coyote.
The announcement drew howls of laughter from even those with only a little background in the outdoors.
Coyotes very rarely exceed 40 pounds in the midwest.
I got an early look at the photos because one of my good friends knows the guy who shot the wolf. The thing was huge! I knew it was a wolf but the question was if it was wild or an escaped pet. Evidently it was wild.
Apparently the first round of testing compared the animal’s DNA to that of Rocky Mountain wolves. It appears to be of the type that have thrived in the Great Lakes for years.
The attached release also provides some DNA details from a couple of mountain lions killed in Missouri this winter.
At least they didn’t try to convince anyone the 100-plus-pound felines with long tails were bobcats.