First Wolf Since 1920s Confirmed in New Brunswick

An 86-pound canine shot in New Brunswick, Canada has been confirmed by wildlife officials as the first known wolf in the province since the 1920s, and the first killed there since 1876.

Hunter Jacques Mallet told the Toronto Star he thought the wolf was a coyote and that he was very surprised to learn it was a wolf.

The wolf was a young male. It was a Great Lakes wolf, meaning it was a cross between a gray wolf and an eastern wolf. Scientists believe the wolf could have come from the north shore of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec and crossed over ice to get to New Brunswick. Another theory is that wolf was a pet that got loose.

Another Canadian province is also awaiting test results to see if they have their first wolf since the 1930s. An 80-pound canine shot in Newfoundland, Canada in March has been sent to a second lab for additional tests to determine if it is a wolf, coyote, dog or a hybrid. Officials want to make sure the analysis is correct before releasing the details. To read more on the Newfoundland coyote, click the link to visit our original post.

Wolf populations are thriving in many parts of the United States and Canada for the first time in many decades. Are wolves simply spreading further out into new territories? Or are these just random incidents? What do you think?

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