DNA tests still pending to verify wolf
DNA results are still pending to verify if indeed a wolf was killed at Franklin Island on Tuesday. A bow hunter saw what he thought was a coyote but when he could not scare the animal off he killed it with an arrow. The hunter called the Missouri Conservation Department where DNA tests were started to see if the animal killed was a wolf. Tom Strother of the Missouri Department of Conservation told ABC 17 News in Columbia that it is not uncommon for larger males to kick younger males out of a wolf pack. "They don't want to be around so they try to find a territory where they're on their own, someplace they can inhabit and that's the ones we have coming through Missouri," Strother said. Conservation officials have stated that they do not plan to reintroduce wolves into the state. They say that occasionally there will be a lone wolf here and there.