DWR says the dead Utah wolf in Duchessen is actually a German shepherd


Hunters in Dutchess were recently thought to be a dead wolf near a gas station along US Route 40 in Dutchess last week. Officials with the Utah Department of Wildlife said after the investigation, it could be a wolf-dog hybrid.

It was actually a German Shepherd.

According to wildlife officials, the vehicle was struck and released Friday after it was confirmed that the animal was a dead animal.

Wildlife Department conservation officers learned that a Duchessen resident with a black German shepherd had witnessed their dog being struck by a vehicle. According to a press release from the department, the dog died and the elderly owner was unable to remove it.

After the animal was discovered, biologists noticed that the animal’s claws had signs of wear that were repeatedly scratched on the hard surface. It had a brown color between its toes and the back of its legs – black wolves are usually gray or white, but not brown. It was roughly four feet long, but most wolves usually ranged between five and six feet.

Tonya Kiefer-Selby, a conservation outreach manager at the division’s Vernal office, said the carcass was characterized by a werewolf-dog hybrid. But she made comparisons to a pet dog, which she said last week was “a little bigger than a German shepherd.”

“It could have been someone’s pet. It hit the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said at the time.

Dogs and coyotes are often mistaken for wolves in Utah. “Wolf sightings are commonly reported, but after further investigation, most of them have been found to be coyotes or domesticated dogs,” said Kim Hersey, a mammal conservation coordinator with the Department of Wildlife.

A Fact Sheet Differences between wolf, wolf-dog hybrid, coyote and pet dog The section can be found on the website.

It’s safe to say that no wolf enthusiasts will spend their tails between their legs on Friday, hoping to ensure an unavoidable beast in Utah. But the department’s announcement throws at least a bone for many hunters and breeders who say wolves pose a threat to livestock and deer and elk herds. Meanwhile, paranormal fans were quick to point out the dead animal’s proximity to Utah’s notorious Skinwalker Ranch – proving to be hard to convince them it was no other creature.

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