A deer hunter killed a very large coyote during Missouri's deer season in November. But upon closer inspection of the coyote, the hunter believed he had taken a wolf and contacted the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). After genetic testing the MDC has confirmed the animal is simply an unusually large coyote.
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Coyotes are legal game during deer season, so the hunter shot and killed it, the department said. But when the hunter got a closer look at the animal, he wondered if he had mistakenly shot and killed a wolf, which is a protected species in Missouri, the department said.
Genetic testing is conclusive, but it still looks like a wolf to me.