News > Weird and Wild

Missouri Canine Identified as 104-Pound Wolf

Analysis of DNA and other physical evidence helped wildlife biologists in Missouri link a 104-pound canine found in the state to the timber wolf.

4/6/2011


Analysis of DNA and other physical evidence helped wildlife biologists in Missouri link a 104-pound canine found in the state to the timber wolf. The animal was originally thought to be a coyote.


“Coyotes seldom get bigger than 30 pounds in Missouri,” said MDC Resource Scientist Jeff Beringer. “A coyote weighing more than 100 pounds just didn’t seem credible. Wolves are known to interbreed with domestic dogs and coyotes, so we had further testing done to look for evidence of that, and we found it.”


Read more in the press release.


Share |

Comments

ADD YOUR COMMENT

Enter your comments below, they will appear within 24 hours


Your Name


Your Email


Your Comment

No comments yet, be the first to leave one below.