RARE SIGHTING: Wolf Killed In Iowa

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a coyote hunter bagged more than he bargained for this year.

Investigators say the hunter killed a wolf near Fairbank in Buchanan County in February.

The DNR is testing the animal to determine where it came from.

Although wolves are a protected species in Iowa, the DNR declined to issue a citation to the hunter since he thought he was shooting a coyote.

This is the first time in decades a wolf has been sighted in Iowa.

6 comments

  • Black Bobcat in Central Iowa?

    Anybody ever see a black bobcat in Central Iowa? We saw, what we now suspect to be, a black bobcat in late winter. It was too big, to be a big house cat. The iPhone pictures we took show the black pointed ears. It came up from the bottoms south of Jordan Creek Mall. It was fat, maybe pregnant, looking for a safe place to give birth. We startled it, it took off running. We think we know where it hid.

  • Jess

    and of course, our first response, as the ‘civilized species’, is to kill it.
    the hunter thought it was a coyote. Perhaps if you don’t know what you are shooting at, you shouldn’t shoot. Just a thought from a girl raised on a farm and very familiar with guns.

  • Dee Lafrance

    YEA RIGHT HE THOUGH IT WAS A COYOTE, A RARE SPECIE OF WOLF AND THIS MAN HAS NOT RECEIVED A CITATION? WHAT WOULD IT TAKE? THE KILLING OF ALL OUR ANIMALS, MEN WILL BE SATISFIED WHEN EVERYTHING IS DEAD. DISGRACE

  • Marie

    Black bobcat, you should send those pictures to the DNR. I had a questionable bird and they were able to ID it. As for the wolf being shot, I’m positive that no one knows all the facts. One reporting agency is saying that she was looking for her mate. Really? And how exactly do you know that?? Typically coyote hunters are yards away from their target so I can see how at great distances you can yell the weight. Plus I don’t think you’d ever see wolves and coyotes in the same area standing next to eachother so the guy couldn’t really have a size comparison to go on. I think people are making a huge deal over something that was unfortunate. Especially considering just a few hundred miles north of us, this wolf would have been hunted anyway.

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