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Gray wolf shot in Howard County, Missouri

5:15 AM, Mar 21, 2013   |    comments
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The state Conservation Department says a canine shot by a hunter in central Missouri last fall turned out to be a wolf.

The hunter who shot the animal in Howard County in October thought it was a coyote, but the Conservation Department said Wednesday the remains are actually those of a gray wolf.

Gray wolves have not lived in Missouri since the late 1800s, but some have wandered in from northern states.

Conservation officials said a DNA test on the Howard County wolf confirms it came from Minnesota, Wisconsin or Michigan.

Officials say there's no evidence that the gray wolf is repopulating in Missouri.

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