DNA Confirms Wolf Shot Near Woonsocket

MITCHELL, SD – DNA testing determined that an animal shot north of Woonsocket was a wolf from the Great Lakes Region.   The Department of Game, Fish and Parks said a hunter mistook it for a coyote and killed the 90-pound male on December 18. Wolves are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Officials said the hunter will not be charged. 
GF&P Conservation Officer Chris Kuntz said it’s not uncommon for wolves from Minnesota to wander into the Dakotas. He said coyote hunters should make sure of their target before shooting.   The shooting came nearly a year after a female wolf was shot in northeastern South Dakota by a coyote hunter.

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