Biological testing shows the animal was from Labrador
An animal killed in Port Blandford in February was a wolf.
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David Hann with the 32 kilogram wolf he shot in February. Biological testing proved it was a wolf that probably made its way to Newfoundland from Labrador via the ice floes.
Deborah Thomas of the Department of Environment and Conservation informed The Packet last week that biological testing had determined the animal was a Labrador Wolf that likely came to the Bonavista Bay area via an ice floe.
Port Blandford man David Hann was cutting wood near the railway trestle on Feb. 5 when the wolf attempted to attack his dog.
Hann shot and killed the animal that had been a present near the community for a couple of months prior.
The wolf weighed 32 kilograms. The tests also showed the animal did not have rabies.
While there have been some wolf sightings in recent years in Newfoundland, wolves have been extirpated from the island since the 1920s and virtually non-existent except for several that traveled from Labrador on ice pans.