A "wolf-like" creature shot dead on a property in Montana in the United States has baffled wildlife experts and people are jumping to conclusions.
The unusual discovery was made May 16 by a man who shot the canine because it tried to chow down on his livestock in the tiny town of Denton, officials said in a press release.
'Wolf-like' creature shot in USA puzzles experts
Inspecting photos of the animal, Fish, Wildlife and Parks' wolf specialists doubted it was a purebred wolf, as the canine teeth were too short, the front paws too small and the front paw claws too long.
Until those DNA results are back though, it seems social media will let its imagine run wild with more mythical possibilities for the animal's origin.
The rancher shot and killed the animal, believing it was a wolf, and reported the incident as is required by law. However, it also possesses many features that are not typical to wolves, including ears that are too large, a short body and short legs. "It was near a rancher's place, it was shot, and our game wardens went to investigate".
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But in order to work out the exact species of the creature, the department sent its carcass to a lab, with DNA samples to be tested for identification.
After the dogman stepped over the poster's fence, "I heard it yip and bark while on the other side, which was prairie, with a butte and then forest".
He added. "One was out somewhere in eastern central Montana killing sheep like insane". Several people report being strong armed into keeping quiet about their reports by men wearing black suits.
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"First off (dire wolf) was a song by the Grateful Dead from 1971", he told the Great Falls Tribune.
'I know; I listened to it many times. However, none of the known breeds of domesticated or wild dogs and wolves, the animal does not. "Number two, it's a prehistoric animal, like mastodons and saber toothed tigers; so it doesn't exist".
HuffPost asked Zardulu via Twitter if she had anything to do with the wolflike animal in Montana.
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Researchers there will take tissue samples and ship them to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Laboratory in Oregon.