It’s a Labrador wolf: DNA tests

Barb Sweet
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Joe Fleming was astonished when he saw shot what he thought might be a huge coyote tracks on the Bonavista Peninsula in early March. Tests now prove it is actually a Labrador wolf. — Submitted photo

Long-anticipated DNA tests have confirmed the 82-pound animal shot on the Bonavista Peninsula is indeed a Labrador wolf.

That’s the conclusion of genetic testing by both Memorial University (MUN) and the University of Idaho.

News of the shooting of the animal engaged people across the province in debate and speculation, with many insisting it looked like a wolf from photos in the media.

“We can only speculate on how this wolf arrived on the island of Newfoundland, but most likely it travelled from Labrador on sea ice to the island,” Environment and Conservation Minister Terry French said in a statement.  

“Wolves are known to travel long distances and with the number of polar bears coming ashore in Newfoundland this spring, sea ice was plentiful enough to provide a travel route for a Labrador wolf.”

 Joe Fleming, who shot the animal, initially thought he’d bagged a massive coyote.

Hunter accepts DNA results

Joe Fleming is accepting the DNA testing results on the 82-pound animal that confirm it’s a Labrador wolf.

“I don’t know what to think. I guess if it’s a wolf, it’s a wolf,” Fleming said this morning, after learning the news from a report in The Telegram.

“Who would have expected it actually.”

But Fleming doesn’t think the wolf came to the island any later than a year ago and he is skeptical it’s the only one residing here. He said after shooting the animal, he has since reported larger tracks to wildlife officers. Others have seen the tracks too, he said.

And Fleming reported the animal he shot was travelling with another animal, which he said could be a smaller wolf or a hybrid.

Initially, the Spillars Cove crab fisherman and avid coyote tracker thought the beast to be a massive coyote. The story of Fleming’s kill on the Bonavista Peninsula engaged many in the province in curiosity and debate about coyotes, wolves and hybrid animals.

He said he has no time for coyotes, but respects wolves.

Fleming, who was somewhat shy of interviews when he first spoke to The Telegram in March, has been busy doing media interviews across the country.

“I had calls you wouldn’t believe,” he said.

“All over the island — every media. You name it I’ve got it. I guess you get used to it.”

Fleming also said he would have liked to have been kept more informed by wildlife officers of the testing results.

Tissue samples from the animal were sent to Memorial University’s CREAIT Genomics and Proteomics Facility and the University of Idaho’s Laboratory for Evolutionary, Ecological and Conservation Genetics.

The Idaho university is involved in genetic testing research by students as part of the provincial caribou strategy. The samples were compared to those of known wolf, coyote and domestic dog populations.

“Based on the analyses of our samples, which included coyotes from insular Newfoundland, wolves from Labrador and dogs from both insular Newfoundland and Labrador, we conclude that the animal is a wolf,” Dr. Beth Perry, research associate at Genomics and Proteomics Facility,

First confirmed sighting in 90 years: minister

“Due to the complex shared history of coyotes, wolves and dogs, we conducted an extensive comparative analysis with the University of Idaho which had a number of samples in their collection as part of the provincial caribou strategy. Concurrence by both laboratories gives us a high degree of confidence in the results.”

French told The Telegram Environment and Conservation will be keeping a watch in future for signs  of wolves on the island and it’s not believed Labrador wolves are breeding here.

But there have been times in the past when people have said they thought they saw a wolf.

“This is the first confirmed sighting in 90 years, so it’s pretty remarkable,” French said.

Initial DNA results were conflicting so French asked for more extensive testing.

He credited the MUN  and Idaho labs for co-operating to solve the mystery once and for all.

“They worked excellent together,” French said.

Idaho was sought out to help because of its worldwide expertise in the field as well as the link to the caribou strategy, French said.

But he said the province has faith in MUN’s abilities.

“Memorial is our university and we’re damn proud of her,” French said.

Through the coyote carcass collection program, tissue samples from some 3,000 carcasses have been tested and no wolves ever found among them, the department said.

The island caribou strategy has not shown any sign of the presence of wolves and the department doesn’t suspect wolves are breeding on the island.

The Newfoundland wolf became extinct on the island around 1930, but the grey wolf is common in Labrador. Wolves on the island would change its ecology, as their presence introduces a new predator.



Organizations: University of Idaho, University of Idaho.News, Laboratory for Evolutionary

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, MUN, Idaho

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Recent comments

  • Ephesia
    February 11, 2014 - 04:45

    This photo, I hate this!

  • Kimberly
    September 13, 2013 - 11:47

    Why did you have to kill the wolf????what is wrong with you,,,,they are extinct because of thrill seekers like you,,,shame on you

  • Kimberly
    September 13, 2013 - 11:46

    Why did you have to kill the wolf????what is wrong with you,,,,they are extinct because of thrill seekers like you,,,shame on you

  • David Slade
    June 05, 2012 - 18:35

    Wow... there is something to be said about an animal that could travel that far without being detected.... All the way to NL from LAB, down the northern peninsula and across the island ... on foot... nice lol

  • elag
    May 27, 2012 - 11:07

    To William Huard. This statement would explain why a sportsmen or avid hunter would have thought this was a coyote. "The Newfoundland wolf became extinct on the island around 1930". If you see an animal that looks like a coyote, has similar markings to a coyote and is in an area where there are many other coyotes. Also from a distance the size or weight of an animal is very hard to judge. An animal that has been extinct for about 82 years would easily be mistaken for an existing and common animal.

  • Wile E. Coyote
    May 26, 2012 - 21:05

    Coyotes wear roller skates and strap rockets on their backs. Coulda told you that was a wolf!

  • Red Riding Hood
    May 26, 2012 - 21:02

    Never cry wolf, folks. Stay outta the woods. And the water (because Jaws lives there).

  • Kenny
    May 26, 2012 - 02:02

    Amazing number of comments on this story! I truly believe if you don't eat it don't kill it unless its about to kill you. The coyote population in eastern Canada that has found its way on the island has evolved to being a very dangerous animal. Coyote numbers are much higher in other parts of the country with high density around large cities and attacks on humans are virtually unheard of . Attacks by wolves is also virtually unheard of. "Coyotes" found in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI have been tested and many are a strain of crossbreeding between the two canine species. They show DNA of both animals. Nature looks after itself, everything has a balance, and human invasion is the single most cause of problems in an ecosystem. If a black Bear attacks a human on the island, its possible but unheard of, will that population be decimated as well? I personally believe the introduction of the moose on the island has led to this coyote invasion , nature looking after itself... And yes coyotes will hunt in packs. A lone coyote, or wolf for that matter is generally the most dangerous, shunned from the pack to fend for itself and usually quite desperate due to hunger. Its rather hilarious to see the hysteria associated with the "big bad wolf" for centuries and now the coyotes.

    • Heidi
      April 04, 2013 - 12:53

      I totally I am doing a university research project and come on here to see a picture of some backcountry, ill-educated man holding a beautiful, dead animal. I am sickened, and saddened by all of the comments. I do understand that rates of illiteracy and even gene isolation are quite prevalent in the maritimes - especially northern maritimes provinces, but perhaps that in itself is reason not to ever allow the inhabitants to possess a fire-arm. Shame on this man, and all who do not see the ignorance and fear mongering in this situation.

  • Donnie
    May 25, 2012 - 23:32

    Git at me, wolf!

    • william huard
      May 26, 2012 - 10:53

      Gee- All the reports said this "sportsman" was an avid coyote hunter.....I thought the first rule of thumb with hunting is to make sure you have identified your target.....Not with today's sportsman. They kill just for the sake of killing, and then make statements about how much they care about wildlife,and how they are such conservationists......It's laughable. There is no such thing as a really big coyote......they rarely top 40 pounds. This animal was clearly a wolf and I bet Mr Fleming knew it as well. He likes the attention he is getting now. A reckless careless act and now he's a movie star-

  • Carlyn
    May 25, 2012 - 22:53

    Someone stated that Coyotes only eat small bunnies, please read this... found over most of North America. Coyote populations are likely at an all-time high. These adaptable animals will eat almost anything. They hunt rabbits, rodents, fish, frogs, and even deer. They also happily dine on insects, snakes, fruit, grass, and carrion. Because they sometimes kill lambs, calves, or other livestock, as well as pets, many ranchers and farmers regard them as destructive pests. Coyotes are formidable in the field where they enjoy keen vision and a strong sense of smell. They can run up to 40 miles (64 kilometers) an hour. In the fall and winter, they form packs for more effective hunting. Coyotes form strong family groups. In spring, females den and give birth to litters of three to twelve pups. Both parents feed and protect their young and their territory. The pups are able to hunt on their own by the following fall.

  • Carlyn
    May 25, 2012 - 22:52

    Someone stated that Coyotes only eat small bunnies, please read this... found over most of North America. Coyote populations are likely at an all-time high. These adaptable animals will eat almost anything. They hunt rabbits, rodents, fish, frogs, and even deer. They also happily dine on insects, snakes, fruit, grass, and carrion. Because they sometimes kill lambs, calves, or other livestock, as well as pets, many ranchers and farmers regard them as destructive pests. Coyotes are formidable in the field where they enjoy keen vision and a strong sense of smell. They can run up to 40 miles (64 kilometers) an hour. In the fall and winter, they form packs for more effective hunting. Coyotes form strong family groups. In spring, females den and give birth to litters of three to twelve pups. Both parents feed and protect their young and their territory. The pups are able to hunt on their own by the following fall.

  • missu
    May 25, 2012 - 18:33

    It is sad that the wolf was killed and likely left a mate & pups behind. I was however, VERY glad to read Mr.Fleming's assertion that had he known it was a wolf, he would have not shot him. At least he spoke good words for the wolves, essentially shooting down the rabid, drool at the mouth, mostly American Little Red Riding Hood wolf decimating, beer swilling riff raff that orgasm every time a wolf dies! I like coyotes, but must admit they do tend to thrive in large numbers, are FAR less shy than wolves, a lot more clever, and frequently make off with small pets. Where wolves, on the other hand, stick to the woods, & larger prey. They also greatly assist in keeping coyote populations down. An honest mistake on Mr. Fleming's part, and a commendable action in bringing it to the world'd attention. This will actually help our wonderful wolves, that Mr.Fleming came forward and spoke up that he would NOT have killed it had he known. Seeing so many bad armchair hunters in the U.S. that would cheer him killing a wolf, & speaking good for the wolf makes Mr. Fleming O.K. in my book.

  • John Glowa
    May 25, 2012 - 16:44

    The shooter's comments about seeing more large tracks are interesting to say the least. Is the government investigating them? They could easily put out trail cameras to photograph what is there. The animal was obviously a wolf. Questions remain including: Was this animal closely related to the Newfoundland Wolf? Was it truly a Labrador Gray Wolf or was it a Gray/Eastern Wolf hybrid such as the animal shot in New Brunswick last month? Given the abundance of prey animal in Newfoundland as compared to southern Labrador, this wolf must have been very well fed. Newfoundland is ideal for wolves given the availability of habitat and prey. And they would provide a much needed predator for the overabundant moose. Please leave the wolves alone and let them live.

    • Nicolas
      May 27, 2012 - 18:07

      Yes, the Labrador wolf is closely related to the Newfoundland wolf. Why would they lie about what kind of a wolf it was jeez. Looks like a true Labrador wolf to me.

  • Jeff
    May 25, 2012 - 14:33

    For those of you who think of those poor animals, think again because most of you eat meat or have eaten it in your lifetime but just chose not to. All of the land that is being taken up by you and your parents and past relatives was once the land of wildlife so don't blame people because you don't have your knowledge or facts straight about how life should be in your eyes. You want to call others down to the dirt when you are just as bad when you should start in your own family first, ( OR ARE THEY TIRED OF HEARING YOU GO OFF AT THE MOUTH AS WELL AND GIVE YOU A DEAF EAR BECAUSE YOU ARE TOO LAZY TO DO SOMTHING ABOUT IT).

    • Boink
      May 25, 2012 - 18:34

      Woah Jeff,...just woke up or what. relax man, besides that made appsolutely no sense....boink

  • George rumbolt
    May 25, 2012 - 13:21

    That is a nice size wolf the guy must be proud! :)

  • RJ
    May 25, 2012 - 13:18

    Good shooting!

  • dinah
    May 25, 2012 - 13:00

    I will never understand people. The animal was doing nothing wrong. I see nothing to be proud of in the killing of this animal. Mentality of shoot first, ask questions later. Sad.

  • Elizabeth
    May 25, 2012 - 12:40

    shame...shame ...shame...

  • Kim
    May 25, 2012 - 12:17

    Balance of Nature (and supporters) - I get conservation. But conservation isn't the answer - Preservation is. We're relying on conservation now because humans have screwed up our earth so badly, we have to "control populations" so that we can continue to live in their habitats. Whether this was thought to be a coyote or wolf, makes no difference, who do we think we are to have the right to shoot it? Lord help us if the wildlife find a way to control our population - we'll be begging for preservation then.

  • BradB
    May 25, 2012 - 11:31

    Those who feel the hunter should have positively ID'ed the animal before shooting are right to a point. Generally, however, the responsibility is to reasonably ID. If anyone can actually remember when this all happened, MANY MANY people were adamant that this was a coyote and that anyone who thought it was a wolf was obviously a blithering idiot. That was with multiple pictures they could study and all the wonders of the internet to research the differences between the two animals. The hunter was in the field with the knowledge that there are no wolves in NL and probably one of many who had heard people describe coyotes to be the size of small horses. I would say his ID was reasonable and no wrong has been done here. I'm a life-long hunter who is from Newfoundland and I'm also a biologist. Unfortunately, I have moved away from the "adding balance to nature" argument because of all the close-minded bleeding hearts who aren't willing to hear that there could be any usefulness in hunting. Realistically, people would further their cause by actually admitting when there are positives points against your argument.It shows that you're following an intellectual path, not just some extremist activism crap. Unfortunately, very few are willing to take this path and you end up with inane arguments that realistically equate to "I don't like it so you can't do it". There's no value in that.

    • sheri
      May 25, 2012 - 15:41

      thanks for your educated and experienced thoughts on this matter bradb. this newfoundland "savage" appreciates it.

    • sheri
      May 25, 2012 - 15:54

      thanks bradb for your educated and experienced opinion on this matter. this "savage inbred psycho newfoundlander" appreciates it.

  • helper
    May 25, 2012 - 11:28

    I would also shoot a coyote but it is too bad that it turned out to be this gorgeous wolf. Wolves and coyotes look very different. Once you've seen a coyote you can't mistake it for a wolf. I kinda wonder why he was so quick to shoot, to be honest. One thing about most coyotes, they have been very daring, coming up close to the house and in the city. Wolves never do that. Why was he compelled to shoot an animal just walking by?

  • vanessa
    May 25, 2012 - 11:15

    It was an accident people. When I saw the picture of it, I knew right away it was a wolf..but someone who isn't familiar with wolves wouldn't know. It was an accident especially since there hasn't been a wolf seen on the island in so long.

  • Judy
    May 25, 2012 - 11:15

    Coyotes are about 40 pounds, they eat small bunnies, mice, snakes. They're mostly nocturnal and solitary. If it hunts in a pack, and weighs 80 pounds, it's a wolf.

    • Tish Trowbridge
      May 25, 2012 - 19:34

      If you read the previous report this was a wolf, but was alone. The hunter stated that it faced him & showed his teeth so I guess he did what anyone would do it such circumstance.

    • Junior
      May 25, 2012 - 23:24

      If coyotes only reach 40 pounds, then theres alot more wolves here than you think, theres been a hell of alot of (coyotes) killed on the island above 50 plus pounds

  • rick s
    May 25, 2012 - 11:00

    Balance? This type of behavior shooting wildlife just because it's there is not normal in many people's eyes. it may be legal, but it's not normal and please, don't preach balance and the killing of wildlife when there are over 7 billion people on earth. This man killed a coyote for such an absurd reason. Proving once again that hunters don't care about wildlife. They care about killing it.

    • tom
      May 25, 2012 - 11:45

      Rick, 99.9% of newfoundlanders are not killing animals "just because". Often animals are harvested at organic food sources by respectful hunters, it's a way of life manu people such as yourself sadly know very little about. In terms of the coyote hunt it is a provincial program based on scientific research, you cannot deny that. You do not have to be a hunter or even agree with it but dont insult or verbally attack those who choose to do so. Non food source hunting makes for a very small portion of the islands hunting. Question - whats the difference between harvesting a moose for food supply and buying a beef steak at dominion? Answer: the moose has none of the chemicals given to the cow on your plate. Lets be reasonable!

  • rick s
    May 25, 2012 - 10:56

    This is quite sad and pathetic. Why are these worthless hunters into killing wildlife with their guns? Anyone could tell this was a wolf and not a coyote. Whyare these inbreds killing things anyways? Where is the respect for nature these people claim to have or is it they just love killing things dead? sickos.

  • Frank
    May 25, 2012 - 10:32

    "Robert - May 25, 2012 at 08:58:09 There is currently a fully supported government program to at least control the coyote population and the man who shot this animal was participating in that program. Perhaps you think it would be better to leave the coyote alone and watch it destroy other animal populations on the island." Yeah, that's all well and good but is wasn't a coyote was it? Same as if he killed someone's Husky or German Shepard! Anyone can see it wasn't a coyote.

    • joyce sweetland
      May 25, 2012 - 10:50

      So very sad, should of never happened.

    • TAN
      May 25, 2012 - 16:05

      Seriously, Frank? If anyone can see it wasn't a coyote, then where was your superior expertise back in March when it was first shot and no one could decide on whether it was a coyote or wolf? How come you didn't step forward and unequivocally prove that it was indeed a wolf and save the weeks of labour and thousands of dollars spent on DNA Testing (which wasn't conclusive the first time and had to be further tested). If you have such a wonderful insight that you can prove things without DNA testing, when even the professionals cannot, then you surely should offer up your services to all of the medical society ... certainly you could make millions offering up your astounding expertise. One thing is for certain, your ignorance abounds!!! Mr. Fleming was well within his right to shoot that animal, especially given the fact that no wolf had been spotted on this island in the past 80 years, but we are overrun with coyotes that are increasingly becoming more of a nuisance inside communities where our children play. And, to even compare the shooting of this animal to the "same as if he killed someone's Husky or German SHEPHERD!" is absurd and again just shows the level of your foolishness.

  • Exbossman
    May 25, 2012 - 10:26

    I'm amused at how money was wasted on this. The average person who has spent any amount of time with their eyes open could identify what this animal was.

  • Don
    May 25, 2012 - 10:21

    The guy was hunting Coyote and I here some people saying now he should be charged and he should have known it was a wolf. Well don't forget no one here knew what it was and many thought it was a large coyote, so how do you think Joe Fleming knew the difference. I think Joe did a great job. He suspected the animal was different and reported same. Keep up the great hunting Joe.

  • Lou
    May 25, 2012 - 09:23

    I agree with you 100% Robert. The man wasn't doing anything wrong by shooting the what he thought to be a large coyote at the time. The population needs to be controlled and as far as I am concerned, there should be more like Mr. Fleming. Too many people are sitting home on their asses complaining about the coyote population, and wait for someone else to do something about it. Get a grip people, listen to yourselves. You people from other provinces who have probably never been to our province putting your 2 cents worth in, and it just sounds so ridiculous. Educate yourself about the situation before you throw insults about this innocent man.

    • margaret sheppard
      May 25, 2012 - 09:44

      I think this is goddamn cruel,,,they could of called wildlife to properly detained the animal,WHOEVER killed it it was just for show in saying look at me look what i can do....YOUR AN IDIOT TO WHOMEVER SHOT THIS BEAUTIFUL ANIMAL AND I AM A NEWFOUNDLANDER WHO GREW UP MILES FROM WHERE HE LIVED

  • balance of nature
    May 25, 2012 - 09:19

    It seems as though there is a very one sided arguement that frowns upon the hunting and harvesting of animals; this is understandably so as we have a large minority of individuals who are animal activists that do not fully understand the concept of conservation. Every ecosystem on the planet needs balance, before human involvement mother nature took care of its own. Today however this is not the case and mother nature cannot keep the balance for we as humans have disrupted the equilibium. Therefore we now have an obligation to our environment to keep things in a nature balance: this involves protecting some declining species (i.e. caribou) and stabilizing others (i.e coyotes). This is not to say we play favorites to caribou over coyote, rather it is a means of stability. These are the facts and the majority of respectable hunters and outdoors people abide by this golden rule - conservation. Before you make a comment on this subject, or any for that matter, get the facts from both sides and your informed and educated opinion (whether we agree with you or not) will certianly then be valued.

    • jezebel
      May 25, 2012 - 09:48

      Give me a break, animal activists understand very well and that is that you peopel are savages and want every that breaths and pumps blood in the wild dead or worn as a fur coat.

    • nler
      May 25, 2012 - 10:32

      Come on jezbel, that is exactly the type of one sided uneducated comment "balance of nature" is talking about. Those type of statements solve nothing and are completely irrational. Are you saying the natural food chain is somehow wrong? How do you expect animals to survive without eating those lower on the chain? Coyotes and bears dont typically have access to veggie burgers with a side of tofu, sorry. What we need is to start being cooperatively rational!

  • John
    May 25, 2012 - 09:16

    So now that it is confirmed to be a wolf, will Wildlife charge the guy for hunting without a licence ;)?

  • Kevin
    May 25, 2012 - 09:15

    There is no need to show a dead animal like that on the front page of a news paper or news website. And the proud looking man who shot this poor beast should be ashamed. Was it stalking him? No. Was it threatening him or his family? No. What a great message to send to kids: Hey look little Johnny, go slay a harmless innocent animal in its natural habitat and you can get your picture holding the corpse on the front page of the news. Sadly, that dbag will get in more trouble for doing 115 km/h on the TCH than he will for killing this innocent animal.

  • H
    May 25, 2012 - 08:34

    The gentleman did the correct thing in assuming it was a coyote. It took a long time for the experts to determine it wasn't. Only last week, a 14 year old boy in Nova Scotia was attacked by a coyote......would you want your child to be attacked by a beast of this size, if indeed it had turned out to be a coyote?

  • David
    May 25, 2012 - 07:54

    “Memorial is our university and we’re damn proud of her,” French said. This is just one cured cancer, they identified a dead animal. Jeez Louise, let's have a parade.

    • BDubs
      May 25, 2012 - 09:45

      David, you sir are an idiot! How can you even compare the two? Do you feel like getting the results from the DNA testing is something that you could have done? I actually know some of the people who worked together on this case and I applaud them for doing such an amazing job. These people have spent years in school busting their butts off doing their PhD's and Masters degrees, working in labs, answering the public's burning questions regarding this case and you decide to be so arrogant to try to take from them and why, because they did their job and did it successfully. Ignorance is bliss my friend! Perhaps before you jump on the internet and shoot off your attitude you should go write your GED (General Education Development) exam and see just how intelligent you really are.

    • UAgain
      May 25, 2012 - 10:19

      Oh, it's you again, the Newfie Negative Nelly.

    • David
      May 25, 2012 - 11:39

      Of course, another key measure of the excellence of a university is it's influence on raising the level of debate and discourse in the community it serves. Bravo.

  • Fred from Brigus
    May 25, 2012 - 07:47

    If it is furry and walks on four legs.....KILL IT.. When are we ever going to learn to appreciate these wild animals. This poor wolf survived to make the long trip from Labrador only to be butchered by a moron.

    • katt
      May 25, 2012 - 16:31

      i come frm a family f farmers,,and hunters..and some may call it hypecritcal..but i believe theres a big differance in killing for food and just hunting as a sport..if yur not gonna eat it you shouldnt kill it..and i am alsoo at amazment at how much money we wasted on the dna,,now that we know for sure what differance does it make now,,none,,the money could have been spent better..

  • Ash
    May 25, 2012 - 07:26

    Is it legal to shoot a wolf,...something should be done to deter this trigger happy practice of shooting wildlife. Seems like stories of shoot first ask questions latter as become the norm.

    • Natasha
      May 25, 2012 - 08:45

      Seriously? What do you suggest be done? Take away all hunting rifles & firearms? Not allow licenses to be bought? Allow the animal population to take over? There are quotas set for a reason. And besides, when there hasn't been a 'confirmed' sighting of a wolf in NL for the last 90 years, why wouldn't he shoot what seems to be a coyote? I sure would have.

    • john paul
      May 25, 2012 - 09:21

      Natasha, the point is you are suppose to clearly indentify any animal you are hunting BEFORE you shoot it. You would have done the same thing this guy did and you would have been doing the wrong thing too.

  • Justin
    May 25, 2012 - 07:17

    I figure that a few wolves on the island would help take care of the moose problem we've got, without having to shred so many trees.

  • As the old joke goes
    May 25, 2012 - 06:40

    Never saw anything like dat before. Let's shoot it and find out what it is...

    • Robert
      May 25, 2012 - 07:28

      There is a nasty opinion out there that if you are a hunter you must be bad and your suggestion offends. In this particular case it took experts quite sometime to determine the animal was a wolf and not a coyote. There is currently a fully supported government program to at least control the coyote population and the man who shot this animal was participating in that program. Perhaps you think it would be better to leave the coyote alone and watch it destroy other animal populations on the island.