Missouri hunter bags mystery coyote-like animal

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Associated Press

Posted on November 4, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 5 at 6:51 AM

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- It could take up to six months before conservation agents figure out what a Missouri hunter shot when the thought he was bagging an unusually large coyote.

The man, who asked officials not to disclose his identity, was hunting for deer Tuesday at Franklin Island Conservation Area when the animal came into range.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports coyotes are in season and the man had a permit, so he shot what he thought was a state-record coyote.

But when it weighed 81 pounds, seven pounds more than the national record, a Cooper County conservation agent ordered it taken to a regional office for testing.

Experts say the animal could be a wolf, a large coyote or a hybrid animal with characteristics of both.
 

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