Skip to comments.Strange wolf-like animal killed in Montana puzzles wildlife officials
Posted on 05/26/2018 6:43:37 PM PDT by ETL
A large wolf-like animal shot and killed in Montana has wildlife officials and social media wondering what it was.
A rancher shot the gray-haired beast on May 16 when it ventured too close to his livestock in Denton.
The rancher reported that he killed a wolf but wolf specialists looked at photos of the animal and doubted it was a purebred wolf, ABCFoxMontana reported.
The canine teeth were too shot, the front paws too small and claws on the front paw were too long, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Bruce Auchly said in a news release Thursday.
Nevertheless, social media was quick to pronounce the animal as everything from a wolf to a wolf hybrid to something mythical," he said.
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"We have no idea what it was," Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman
Bruce Auchly said. (Montana FWP)
Wolf-like creature ping.
might it be some kind of dingo-wolf hybrid?
...and his hair was perfect.
It’s a dog. Mystery solved.
Global warming in 3, 2, 1,..........
Little old lady got mutilated late last nite
Can rockets win it on road?
Aren’t Dingos in Australia?
If “Wildlife Officials” can’t figure this out, they need to be unemployed.
Warren Zevon was a champ at slight inferences
The ones drinking pinacoladas are the worrest but their hair is perfect.
LOL. My tagline might finally be relevant to a news story.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz?
He was looking for the place called Lee Ho Fook’s
Going to get himself a big dish of beef chow mein
“Canid hybrids are the result of interbreeding between different species of the canine (dog) family (genus Canis). They often occur in the wild, in particular between domestic or feral dogs and wild native canids.
The wolf-like canids are a group of large carnivores that are genetically closely related because their chromosomes number 78. The group includes genus Canis, Cuon and Lycaon.
The members are the dog (C. lupus familiaris), gray wolf (C. lupus), coyote (C. latrans), golden jackal (C. aureus), Ethiopian wolf (C. simensis), black-backed jackal (C. mesomelas), side-striped jackal (C. adustus), dhole (Cuon alpinus), and African wild dog (Lycaon pictus).
Newly proposed members include the red wolf (Canis rufus), eastern wolf (Canis lycaon), and African golden wolf (C. anthus).
As they possess 78 chromosomes, all members of the genus Canis (coyotes, wolves, jackals) are karyologically indistinguishable from each other, and from the dhole and the African hunting dog.:p279 The members of Canis can potentially interbreed.
When the differences in number and arrangement of chromosomes is too great, hybridization becomes less and less likely. The wolf, dingo, dog, coyote, and golden jackal all have 78 chromosomes arranged in 39 pairs. This allows them to hybridize freely (barring size or behavioral constraints) and produce fertile offspring. There are two exceptions: the side-striped jackal and black-backed jackal.
Although these two theoretically could interbreed with each other to produce fertile offspring, it appears they cannot hybridize successfully with the rest of the genus Canis.
A study of the maternal mitochondrial DNA of the black-backed jackal could find no evidence of genotypes from the most likely mates - the side-striped jackal nor the golden jackal - indicating that male black-backed jackals had not bred with these. There is no evidence that the African wild dog hybridizes with any of them.
Other members of the wider dog family, the Canidae, such as South American canids, true foxes, bat-eared foxes, or raccoon dogs which diverged seven to ten million years ago, are less closely related to and cannot hybridize with the wolf-like canids because the red fox has 34 metacentric chromosomes and from 0 to 8 small B chromosomes, the raccoon dog has 42 chromosomes, and the fennec fox has 64 chromosomes.
That’s a chupacabra if ever I saw one.
I was wondering if anyone has seen Hillary lately.
That reminds me spell check sucks. Maybe a cross with DWS and a buggy woolie resulting in a woolie bugger. Still I bet it was smarter than her.
It’s a dog, looks like a half-grown king shepherd pup.
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