Wolf-Like Creature Shot in Montana a Mystery to Experts

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The landowner shot the animal May 16 as it approached livestock in a private pasture near Denton.

In Montana, it's legal to shoot wolves that get perilously close to people or livestock, and that's exactly what a rancher in Denton thought he did, putting a bullet into something with four legs and canine teeth that came within stalking distance of his herd.

Fish and wildlife experts are working to identify an odd, wolf-like creature shot by a Montana rancher.

"We've had a few instances of wolf/dog hybrids out there".

Thousands are released into the wild each year as the pets become too big and risky for owners to keep.

@GFTrib_SDettmer wrote: "Adolescent werewolf, for sure".

Mysterious Wolf-Like Animal Shot by Rancher Stumps Montana Wildlife Officials
Wolf-Like Creature Shot in Montana a Mystery to Experts

Because when people caught wind of a mysterious wolf thing that wildlife experts were like all "yeah we dunno", they filled in the blanks. On their website, the International Wolf Center says that even in the wild, interbreeding between wolves and dogs is rare: "Although hybrids can occur naturally in the wild, they are rare because the territorial nature of wolves leads them to protect their home ranges from intruding canines such as dogs, coyotes and other wolves". "They're spotted each day and the government quells any and all reports". These are just facts.

The theory is unlikely to be true as there has never been a confirmed sighting of the hybrid beasts.

According to KXLO in Lewistown, game wardens came out to pick the animal up and sent pictures to a wolf specialist in Great Falls.

This theory was rejected by Auchly.

"First off [dire wolf] was a song by the Grateful Dead from 1971".

"I know, I listened to it many times. Number two, it's a prehistoric animal, like mastodons and saber-toothed tigers; so it doesn't exist", a spokesman for the agency, Bruce Auchly, said. Self-proclaimed biologists, pseudo-scientists, and conspiracy theorists, of course, do not want to wait that long: social media has since been buzzing with rumors and claims - ranging from werewolf speculations, to cryptozoological claims, to assumptions about secret United States government breeding programs.

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