Feb 12, 2015

Wolf killed in Utah passed through Cody last year

An extensive analysis by the University of Idaho has confirmed the gray wolf killed in Utah Dec. 28 was the same wolf spotted near the Grand Canyon in Arizona and collared near Cody earlier in 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says.

Geneticists from the University of Idaho’s Laboratory for Ecological, Evolutionary and Conservation Genetics compared the dead female's DNA to samples that had been taken from the animal found near the Grand Canyon. Fish and Wildlife officials say the university's results conclusively showed it was the same wolf, identified by the service as 914F, which was collared near Cody on Jan. 8, 2014, and spotted in the Grand Canyon area.

The federal government's investigation into the wolf's killing continues. Gray wolves are considered endangered and protected under the Endangered Species Act in southern Utah.

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