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'Wolf-like' creature shot near Montana ranch

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Piney
3 minutes ago, Captain Risky said:

you sound very knowledgable about these cross breeds, mate. to me the fur looks somehow different than a dogs and wolf, more bear like. what do you make of it? 

Winter coat combined with a lot of filth and maybe mange mites. :tu:

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Goddess of the Mist

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Zoltan from Young Dracula

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Rlyeh

It's a hyrax.

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Faustus

The fur looks a bit strange but nothing extraordinary.  I'd go with Coydog.  There are many examples of these in and around these parts.  I haven't seen that particular color or fur type, but hybrids can exhibit all sorts of strange mutations.  

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Piney
On 5/28/2018 at 12:31 AM, Faustus said:

The fur looks a bit strange but nothing extraordinary.  I'd go with Coydog.  There are many examples of these in and around these parts.  I haven't seen that particular color or fur type, but hybrids can exhibit all sorts of strange mutations.  

Here's another pic and I still think it was one of those goofy wolf-dingos that survivalist clown who was raided was breeding.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/mysterious-wolf-like-creature-in-montana-has-wildlife-experts-scratching-their-heads/ar-AAy0NGB

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The Narcisse
On 5/25/2018 at 7:46 PM, seanjo said:

Why was it shot?

Because....America....

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Faustus
31 minutes ago, The Narcisse said:

Because....America....

Let's say I come by your place of work once a week and take 50 euros from your wallet.  Let's say I do this for a couple of months and the only way you can put a stop to it cutting off my access to the building.  Would you do it?   Not sure if this man had lost livestock yet, but if he had, he had every right to shoot this mutant.  

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The Narcisse
1 hour ago, Faustus said:

Let's say I come by your place of work once a week and take 50 euros from your wallet.  Let's say I do this for a couple of months and the only way you can put a stop to it cutting off my access to the building.  Would you do it?   Not sure if this man had lost livestock yet, but if he had, he had every right to shoot this mutant.  

You'd be making a huge mistake...I have no Euros in my wallet...ever.

 

But, if I were to follow your example...this animal was shot  NEAR his ranch. Which means even if livestock had been messed with he had no idea of knowing if this animal was doing it. So, no I wouldn't just go out and start shooting things that MIGHT be the issue. We have enough of that going on already.

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Faustus
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Have you ever owned and cared for livestock in your life?  I have.  We had over 300 head of cattle,  8 horses, several sheep, goats, and chickens.  Loners, mutants such as this do not thrive in the wild.  They are usually malnourished, as this one looks in the pic, and predate on the easiest targets----i.e. livestock.   It's a hard way of life to the rancher these days.  I don't fault him one bit for shooting and killing this animal.  It might be offensive to your sensibilities, and I have an idea as to why.  We shoot mangy or malnourished coyotes and coydogs around here and hang em' on the barbed wire so others know to stay away from our livestock.  It's a way of life I don't think you'd understand unless you came out and hired on as a hand.  

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The Narcisse
23 minutes ago, Faustus said:

Have you ever owned and cared for livestock in your life?  I have.  We had over 300 head of cattle,  8 horses, several sheep, goats, and chickens.  Loners, mutants such as this do not thrive in the wild.  They are usually malnourished, as this one looks in the pic, and predate on the easiest targets----i.e. livestock.   It's a hard way of life to the rancher these days.  I don't fault him one bit for shooting and killing this animal.  It might be offensive to your sensibilities, and I have an idea as to why.  We shoot mangy or malnourished coyotes and coydogs around here and hang em' on the barbed wire so others know to stay away from our livestock.  It's a way of life I don't think you'd understand unless you came out and hired on as a hand.  

I'm not offended at all.

 

Also I would never make as a ranch hand. Physical labor is not my forte.

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Faustus
5 hours ago, The Narcisse said:

I'm not offended at all.

 

Also I would never make as a ranch hand. Physical labor is not my forte.

Well good.  Don't be offended, because that animal would have died from starvation, disease, or predation anyway.  Better to ensure the livestocks survival for the rancher.  

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NightScreams

Close enough to normal wolves and dogs that I wouldn't even bother with a DNA test. I mean it's not like it has a human face or walks on 2 legs or anything.

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Nightsoul
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I think it might be a cross breed of 2 different species of wolves, a mix of a dog and a wolf, or it could be a type of wolf that had been extinct since the Ice Age. Some people think it might be a werewolf, but it’s unlikely since 1) it doesn’t look like one (the way a werewolf apparently looks) and 2) there isn’t enough evidence to support the claim that werewolves exist. It also can’t be a mixture of a coyote and a wolf (those live where I live - they’re called “coywolves” - though they aren’t big enough to look like this wolf, and the fur is a lot different.

 

I’m really excited to find out what this is after the lab testing is finished!

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Captain Risky

i've read that some experts think that it could be a cross between a jackal and wolf. 

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Captain Risky
On 6/1/2018 at 11:13 AM, NightScreams said:

Close enough to normal wolves and dogs that I wouldn't even bother with a DNA test. I mean it's not like it has a human face or walks on 2 legs or anything.

it was shot 2 weeks before the full moon so we'll never know :P

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The Caspian Hare

Now they are saying it is just a wolf ... but maybe that's just what they wanted you to think ... dun dun duuuuuuuuuuuuun

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MISSOULA, Mont. — The mystery is over: Montana wildlife officials confirm that an unusual-looking animal shot in central Montana was actually a wolf.

http://nbcmontana.com/news/local/dna-results-show-mysterious-canine-was-wolf

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Rlyeh

It's a hyrax.

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Imaginarynumber1
10 minutes ago, Rlyeh said:

It's a hyrax.

Rock hyrax or glowbird hybrid?

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