[Ed. – The “news” aspect of this, for me, is that people have apparently expended time and energy on thinking it was not a wolf. It looked like a wolf to me when I first saw the photos, if certainly a raggedy one. I’d like to think we’re not out there spooking ourselves about what’s going on in the natural world.]
The animal was shot on a ranch outside Denton on May 16, but it looked as if it came out of the Ice Age. Photos taken by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) showed a raggedy wolf-like creature with some slightly unusual features. It had long grayish-brown fur, a large head and a snout; but its ears seemed larger than average, and its legs and body too short for a typical wolf.
“We have no idea what this was until we get a DNA report back,” Bruce Auchly, information manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, told The Great Falls Tribune at the time.
Now, about a month later, the DNA results are in and the mystery has been solved once and for all.
“The canine creature shot in Montana a month ago that captured the curiosity of the nation is actually a gray wolf,” Montana FWP wrote in an announcement Monday.