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Published March 07, 2011, 08:17 AM

Gray wolf shot in ND; species rarely seen in state

HILLSBORO, N.D. (AP) — Wildlife officials have confirmed that an animal shot by a coyote hunter in early January east of Hillsboro actually was a gray wolf, a federally protected species rarely seen in North Dakota.

HILLSBORO, N.D. (AP) — Wildlife officials have confirmed that an animal shot by a coyote hunter in early January east of Hillsboro actually was a gray wolf, a federally protected species rarely seen in North Dakota.

District Game Warden Gary Rankin tells the Grand Forks Herald that the hunter called him after realizing the 80-pound animal likely was too big to be a coyote. The animal was turned over to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for DNA testing that confirmed it was a wolf.

Rankin says it will be up to federal officials to decide if any charges are warranted in the case.

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