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.