Coyote hunter shoots what may be endangered wolf in Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting DNA tests on an animal shot by a coyote hunter near Kremmling to determine if the animal is a gray wolf.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports that the hunter thought the animal was a coyote. After shooting the animal he realized it looked like a wolf and turned it over to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Grey wolves are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Colorado is not home to any officially recognized packs, but they are capable of traveling long distances and have been conformed as visiting the state.

A spokesman for Fish and Wildlife says the testing will take a couple weeks. It is possible the animal is a wolf-dog hybrid, a dog or a coyote.

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