Tests will tell if animal is a wolf - Albuquerque Journal

Tests will tell if animal is a wolf

An animal resembling a gray wolf has been spotted roaming the far reaches of northern Arizona, and tests are planned to determine exactly what it is, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The animal has been seen and photographed in Kaibab National Forest north of Grand Canyon National Park with a collar similar to those used in a wolf recovery effort in the Northern Rockies.

The animal could be from that population of about 1,700 or a wolf-dog hybrid, said agency spokesman Jeff Humphrey. Officials will test its feces to determine further details.

Humphrey said the animal should be treated as endangered until more is known about it.

“Our immediate concern is the welfare of this animal,” he said.

A group of fewer than 100 endangered Mexican gray wolves lives in portions of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico, but Humphrey said the animal does not appear to be from the Southwest population. Wolves in the Northern Rockies have fuller bodies and less pointed ears than Mexican gray wolves


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