by Staff writer
A mysterious “wolf-like” creature was shot dead by a farmer in rural Montana (a state in the Northwestern United States) — and even wildlife experts have no clue what it is.
The beast had oddly long grey fur, oversized claws and an extra-large head — but its ears are too big and its legs are too short to be a common wolf or dog, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials, the New York Post reported.
“We have no idea what this thing is until we get a DNA report back,” Bruce Auchly of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks told The Great Falls Tribune.
The creature was originally thought to be a wolf, but doubts arose since the front paw appeared too long, the canine teeth too short, and ears too tall in proportion to the skull.
|The creature was originally thought to be a wolf, but doubts arose after close examination by wildlife experts – Source:AP|
The strange animal was shot by the farmer when it tried to chow down on his livestock in the tiny town of Denton, officials said in a press release.
The rancher called the authorities to report that he had killed a “wolf” — but authorities soon learned it was something stranger.
The critter’s canine teeth and front paws were too short to be a wolf. And its big, floppy ears and shaggy fur were nothing like a common canine, officials said.