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Weird News Mysterious Wolf-Like Creature in Montana Has Wildlife Experts Scratching Their Heads

09:40  30 may  2018
09:40  30 may  2018 Source:   insideedition.com

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A mysterious “ wolf - like ” creature was shot on a ranch in Montana , leaving wildlife experts puzzled about its species. On May 16, a rancher shot the animal after it was spotted in a pasture with livestock near the town of Denton, Mont.

A mysterious “ wolf - like ” creature was shot on a ranch in Montana , leaving wildlife experts puzzled about its species. On May 16, a rancher shot the animal after it was spotted in a pasture with livestock near the town of Denton, Mont.

Mysterious Wolf-Like Creature in Montana Has Wildlife Experts Scratching Their Heads © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Mysterious Wolf-Like Creature in Montana Has Wildlife Experts Scratching Their Heads A mysterious wolf-like creature that showed up on a Montana ranch before it was killed by a rancher has wildlife experts and the public scratching their heads.

The animal, killed May 16, is definitely a member of the canid family, which includes dogs, wolves, foxes and coyotes.

However, the initial suggestion that it was a wolf seems unlikely, officials now say.

Several Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wolf specialists looked at photos of the animal 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.

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This mysterious furry creature shot in Montana has even wildlife experts puzzled. The animal was shot on a ranch outside Denton on May 16, but looks as if it came out of the Ice Age. It looks almost like a wolf , except some features are a bit off.

A mysterious wolf - like creature is baffling biologists after it was recently shot in Montana . “We have no idea what this was until we get a DNA report back,” said Bruce Auchly of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

In the absence of a definitive identification, social media was quick to come to its own conclusions — some more likely than others.

In a bid to come to a firm conclusion and dispel any notions that the animal is some sort of legendary creature (we're looking at you, chupacabra), FWP sent the carcass to the Department’s lab in Bozeman where tissue samples will be collected, then shipped to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Laboratory in Oregon.

In a laboratory, scientists will extract DNA from the animal's cells and look for markers specific to individual species.

Those markers are then compared to samples of known species on hand.

While the process may take a week, just getting to that stage may take weeks or months, depending on the laboratory’s backlog of cases.

"All of which means it may be awhile before the anyone really knows what the animal near Denton really was," the FWP said.

Ancient Saber-Toothed Predators Identified From Pre-Jurassic Era Fossils .
While one of the species was a wolf-sized carnivore, the other was a bit smaller, long-snouted animal with extremely sharp needle-like teeth. They got these names from legendary monsters in Russian folklore and according to the researchers, Gorynychus was a member of protomammals called therocephalians or “beast heads,” while Nochnitsa belonged to a group called gorgonopsians or “gorgon faces.

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