Wolf thing found in Montana baffles experts

В США обнаружили существо неизвестного происхождения

Ty Smucker, wolf management specialist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, said the animal is most likely a wolfdog hybrid.

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"First off [Dire Wolf] was a song by the Grateful Dead from 1971", he told the Tribune.

He added. "One was out somewhere in eastern central Montana killing sheep like insane".

The FWP said it will take several weeks before we find out what type of animal she was, giving us all plenty of time to come up with more odd theories.

"Wolves can be as individual as we are, in fact every animal is an individual as a result of our genetic material". "In reality a dire wolf is a prehistoric mammal from the age of mammoths and saber tooth tigers".

A rancher shot the gray-haired beast on May 16 when it ventured too close to his livestock in Denton. It wasn't until then that they realized this may not be a purebred wolf but rather a hybrid of a wolf and something else.

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The reality is much less exciting - it's believed to be a wolf-dog hybrid, which happens when wolves and dogs breed.

The creature is now with officials at the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks for a DNA analysis, with one official saying he had "no idea" what it is.

Abandonments are commonplace once people discover their animals may be hard to control.

Nonetheless, there remains an element of uncertainty about the creature, even among wildlife biologists. The whole animal was sent to our lab in Bozeman.

There, scientists will extra DNA from cells looking for specific DNA markers, which will be compared to known species. On their website, the International Wolf Center says that even in the wild, interbreeding between wolves and dogs is rare: "Although hybrids can occur naturally in the wild, they are rare because the territorial nature of wolves leads them to protect their home ranges from intruding canines such as dogs, coyotes and other wolves".

A press release from FWP concludes: "All of which means it may be awhile before the anyone really knows what the animal near Denton really was".

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