North Dakota Hunter Shoots What May be a Wolf


The following article is from The Jamestown Sun:


BISMARCK — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is awaiting genetic results to confirm whether a large canine shot Nov. 24 south of Watford City, N.D., is a gray wolf.


Rich Grosz, an agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Bismarck, said results from the testing will determine whether the federal agency conducts an investigation. Gray wolves remain under federal protection in North Dakota west of the Missouri River and U.S. Highway 83.


“If it’s a hybrid or not a wolf, there’s absolutely no investigation,” Grosz said.


According to Stephanie Tucker, furbearer biologist for the state Game and Fish Department, the animal was a young male that weighed 96 pounds. The hunter who killed the animal felt threatened and shot it, she said.


“From the physical characteristics, I would say there’s a good chance it will come back as a purebred wolf,” Tucker said.




Source:  Jamestown Sun

Posted by Haylie Shipp


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