It’s now gone viral! Reports are that a “strange” wolf-like animal has been killed in Montana and no one knows exactly what it is including state wildlife officials. Theories on the Internet range from some alien hybrid to a modern-day Dire Wolf. One theory even says it’s a bear cub. Hmmm….odd considering it has a dog’s tail. DNA is being analyzed as we speak to determine just what this animal is with many leaning towards it being some sort of wolf-dog hybrid which likely is the case.
However, I have found plenty of pics of wolves on the Internet from Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, etc that look just like the animal shot in Montana and, frankly, it looks like a wolf to me and most certainly NOT an extinct Dire Wolf!
The animal in question was shot be a rancher on 16 May when it came too close to livestock near Denton. Wolf specialists do not believe the animal is a pure bred wolf but could be a wolf-dog hybrid. The animal’s canines are shorter than a wolf and its front paws are smaller too. Claws on the front paws are longer than a wolves experts noted. The animals legs are shorter than those of a wolf and its ears are larger.
If this animal were an extinct Dire Wolf then we’d see some very distinct traits. The Dire Wolf lived in the Americas during the Late Pleistocene 125-10 kya. Dire Wolf fossil remains have been found in a variety of environments including grasslands, plains, forest areas, and arid Savannah in South America. The Dire Wolf was about the same size as the largest gray wolves of today (the Yukon Wolf). The weighed between 130-150 pounds. Its teeth were larger. Some had a shoulder height over 38 inches and a body length greater than 69 inches.