May 26, 2019

Test shows trapped animal was wolf

AUGUSTA — After receiving DNA test results, state game biologists said Friday an 81-pound wolflike animal killed last fall by a trapper near the Hancock County town of Aurora was probably a gray wolf.

“All our evidence suggests that this animal originated in the wild; nothing indicates that it was domesticated in the past,” said Craig McLaughlin, a biologist with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

The conclusion was based on a review of the animal’s physical features, its behavior and diet, and an analysis of its genetic material, McLaughlin said.

Signs that wolves have migrated into Maine from Canada have drawn increasing attention in recent years. A 67-pound wolf was shot and killed by a bear hunter near Moosehead Lake in 1993.

Genetic tests on the animal trapped near Aurora were conducted in Oregon by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Have feedback? Want to know more? Send us ideas for follow-up stories.

comments for this post are closed

You may also like