Animal Killed Was a Wolf – NBC New York

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  • Recent tests confirmed that an animal killed during a coyote hunt in New York state last year was actually a wolf, state environmental officials said Thursday.
  • Environmental officials said it is only the third wolf identified in the wild in the state in 25 years. They also added that it was not known where the animal was from, but that it was likely from the Great Lakes area, although the wolf population is not known to have spread beyond Michigan.
  • The wolf was killed in Cherry Valley in Otsego County, about 40 miles (64.37 kilometers) west of Albany. Wolves are believed to have been eradicated from the Northeast in the early 20th century, with coyotes filling the gap, which have become common in the region.

NEW YORK — Recent tests confirmed that an animal killed during a coyote hunt in New York state last year was actually a wolf, state environmental officials said Thursday.

Results revised this week contradicted an initial analysis that had concluded it was an eastern coyote, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Environmental officials said it is only the third wolf identified in the wild in the state in 25 years. They also added that it was not known where the animal was from, but that it was likely from the Great Lakes area, although the wolf population is not known to have spread beyond Michigan.

The group added that it may have been a captive animal that escaped or was released.

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The wolf was killed in Cherry Valley in Otsego County, about 40 miles (64.37 kilometers) west of Albany. After experts reviewing the initial DNA analysis concluded it was a coyote, the DNA submitted by the hunter was sent to Princeton University for further testing, indicating it was likely a male wolf.

Wolves are believed to have been eradicated from the Northeast in the early 20th century, with coyotes filling the gap, which have become common in the region. However, many residents have reported seeing animals they believe to be more like larger wolves, occasionally hearing howls.

Some advocates say the wolves are in New York and New England and could be crossing the frozen St. Lawrence River on their way to southern Canada.

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