Animals are a major part of our planet, they are very important to the protection of our wildlife, which in turns saves the planet. Scientific research over the years has been able to get documentation of virtually all the species of animals that share the planet with us. Therefore, it is expected that there should not exist animals that are so strange that no one will know their origin or what they are.
Imagine you are going on the road and you encounter a strange animal, an animal you have neither seen nor heard of. Usually, these are things featured in movies and no one actually imagines having such an encounter. So, it is reasonable to think that if anyone encounters such a strange creature, most people will really freak out. There is a difference in the kind of fear experienced when you encounter something dangerous and when you encounter something you have no idea about.
Such was the story of a mysterious animal that was found in Montana. No one knew what the strange looking creature was and this sparked panic among the parties involved. After carrying out DNA tests on the animal, they have finally discovered its identity. They discovered that the animal was, in fact, a gray wolf, which came as a surprise to everyone involved. This animal had features that were different from that of a regular gray wolf.
A rancher in central Montana shot this strange animal and the park and wildlife officials did not know what the animal was initially. They observed that the canine teeth, the legs, and the front claws were much shorter than those of wolves were. They also noticed that the ears on this animal were bigger than the ears of a wolf.
The agency released a statement that they were carrying out a thorough inspection of the animal in their laboratory. After they carried out DNA tests on the animal to ascertain its origin, they discovered that it was only a normal wolf, although it looked different.
The officials also got more information about the wolf from the tests they did. They disclosed that this wolf was about 2 – 3 years old and it was, in fact, a female wolf. The wolf was not lactating meaning it did not have pups. Mary Curtis, a geneticist in the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service said that it is not surprising to find an animal with different features from other members of its species. The obvious long gray fur and extended snout were qualities that this strange looking wolf shared with other members of its species.
The things that caused the most confusion was the short legs and body of this wolf as well as its large, long ears. These features are not seen in any wolf native to North America. Some experts were of the belief that this animal was, in fact, a cross breed of a wolf with a dog or coyote. This predator was shot on a ranch around Denton, Montana on 16 May before it was given to the officials for confirmation of its identity.
Montana is a place that has many wolves. An estimation of the wolf population suggests over nine hundred wolves call Montana home. This is according to the 2017 Montana Gray Wolf Program Annual Report.