Mysterious Montana Creature Identified

Last month a strange creature was killed by a rancher in Montana. Photos of the animal appeared to show a canine-like creature but one with short legs and big ears. The internet went wild with speculation that it was a wolf-dog hybrid, an emancipated bear cub, and even a mythical dogman.

After the animal was killed several wolf experts looked at the photos and “collectively doubted it was a purebred wolf: The canine teeth were too short, the front paws too small and the claws on the front paw were too long.”

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks sent the carcass off to the lab to be tested and the results just came back. Now according to the Spokesman-Review, the verdict is in and they are saying it is a grey wolf. Just a normal grey wolf.

The agency sent the carcass to the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service forensic laboratory in Ashland, Oreg. There the DNA of the mysterious creature was compared with “thousands of other DNA samples from wolves, coyotes and dogs. The conclusion was clear – this animal is a gray wolf from the northern Rocky Mountains,” according to the news release.

The results really are not surprising, but I really was hoping for something cool. Maybe next strange animal will turn out to be something cool.