However, once Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks employees arrived to the scene, they noted the female animal had several important differences compared to a wolf.
The animal's front paw appeared too short, the front claws too long, the canine teeth too short, and ears too tall in proportion to the skull to be a purebred wolf, experts said. It resembled a wolf, but the ears were atypically large, and the legs and the body too small.
Only time, and a exorbitant amount of testing, will tell whether or not humankind has discovered something as exciting as a new sub-species of wolf or as freakish as Montana's own version of a Chupacabra. Several people report being strong armed into keeping quiet about their reports by men wearing black suits.
As is required by law, he called the authorities to report that he had killed the wolf.
"Wolves can be as individual as we are, in fact every animal is an individual as a result of our genetic material".
Some invoked the old Native American legend "shunka warakin", a wolf-hyena-hybrid creature that terrorized livestock in Montana until it was shot, stuffed and displayed in 1886.
Wolf-Like Creature Shot in Montana a Mystery to Experts
". It may be awhile before the anyone really knows what the animal near Denton really was". "Look into if if you don't believe it".
"First off [dire wolf] was a song by the Grateful Dead from 1971. Number two, it's a prehistoric animal, like mastodons and saber-toothed tigers; so it doesn't exist", a spokesman for the agency, Bruce Auchly, said.
The animal has been sent to Bozeman where the state veterinarian will take a closer look and pull DNA to see exactly what this creature is.
HuffPost asked Zardulu via Twitter if she had anything to do with the wolflike animal in Montana.
"Fish, Wildlife and Parks has been managing wolves in Montana since 2003 or 2004, and we've not ever trans-located a problem wolf". It's going to take a DNA test to accurately say what we're looking at here, the results of which officials are now waiting on. Legislation passed in 2013 made it legal for a landowner to kill a wolf if it is on their property and carries "a potential threat to human safety, livestock or dogs".