A rancher shot a strange creature that was preying on livestock in Montana. Now the internet is baffled about what this creature might be. It looks sort of like a wolf, but not really. People think it may be a dogman, Dire Wolf or some other crypto creature.
According to The Great Falls Tribune, on May 16 a lone wolf-like animal was shot and killed on a ranch outside Denton. With long grayish fur, a large head and an extended snout, the animal shared many of the same characteristics as a wolf; but its ears were too large, it’s legs and body too short, its fur uncharacteristic of that common to a wolf.
As of right now no one is really sure what it is. Montana Fish and Wildlife have sent away DNA sample to be tested and hopefully it will shed some light on what it truly is. Until the results come back all we can do is speculate and that is exactly what people are doing.
“That’s a grizzly cub,” one commentator wrote. “Under a year and starving from the look.”
“Maybe a dire wolf,” wrote another, “because I don’t believe they are all gone.”
“That could very well be what’s being called Dogman,” one poster suggested. “They’re spotted each day and the government quells any and all reports. Several people report being strong armed into keeping quiet about their reports by men wearing black suits. These are just facts. Look into if if you don’t believe it.
Another idea is a creature of American folklore Called the Shuka Warkin. It is said to resemble a wolf, a hyena, or both. According to cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, shhuhnkha Warahwalkin is an Ioway term meaning “carries off dogs.” An animal shot in 1896 by Israel Ammon Hutchins on what is now the Sun Ranch in Montana has been suggested by Coleman as an example of this mysterious creature. T
Ty Smucker, wolf management specialist for Montana FWP speculates that it may be a wolf/dog hybrid. He noted several occasions within the last few years in which canid predators, neither all wolf nor all dog were causing problems with ranchers east of the Continental Divide.
“We’ve had a few instances of wolf/dog hybrids out there,” Smucker said. “One was out somewhere in eastern central Montana killing sheep like crazy. Finally, we caught it and it turned out to be a hybrid.”
Some people have questioned the legality of shooting it. According to the MFWP, it was perfectly legal for a rancher to protect his livestock. He did everything he was required to do including reporting the incident to the proper authorities.
“If you’re letting your dog run wild and it’s chasing livestock, the property owner has the right to shoot it,” Smucker said. “Whether it’s a wolf or a dog chasing cows, or a dog that looks like a wolf; in Montana on private land, property owners and livestock producers have every right to shoot a wolf.”
“Tell us about it and we’ll come and get it,” he added. “That’s about it.”
I am really looking forward to the test results coming back so we can lay this mystery to bed. As of right now I am leaning towards the wolf/dog hybrid, but part of me hopes it is an unidentified species. I guess we will find out in a few weeks or so.