Wolf-like animal being monitored North of Grand Canyon

Photo is generic, it is not a photograph of the canid described in the attached report | St. George News

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK — A collared, wolf-like canid, i.e. a mammal of the dog family, has repeatedly been observed and photographed on U.S. Forest Service land just north of Grand Canyon National Park.  Wildlife officials are working to confirm whether the animal is a wolf or wolf-dog hybrid.

Until more is known about this animal, visitors to the area are cautioned that this may be a wolf from the northern Rocky Mountain population and fully protected under the Endangered Species Act.

“Our immediate concern is the welfare of this animal,” the statement released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stated.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is evaluating next steps to confirm whether or not it is a wolf, and if so, its origin.  Based on photographs, it does not appear to be a Mexican wolf and its collar is similar to those used in the northern Rocky Mountain wolf recovery effort.  Feces will be collected for DNA analysis to determine if the animal is a wolf or a wolf-dog hybrid.

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28 Comments

  • Red Rocker November 1, 2014 at 10:19 am

    We can only hope that Wolves might repopulate their historic territory.

  • alpinedon November 1, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I like how they put a photo of a snarling, vicious animal, just to make it more sensational.

  • Bree November 1, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Thank Goodness this wolf was spotted in Arizona on National Park land. He stands a chance to live now.

  • Bree November 1, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Why is the worst possible photo used for this story?

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic November 1, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      Pardon me for laughing, Bree; but I asked our designer yesterday something similar, and he said he was channeling his inner ghoul, it being Halloween and all. I think the story content was simply tempting. Thus, I hope you noted, I did caption the photo as a generic and not representative of the animal in question.
      I also hope you can enjoy with us the everyday people behind the news that every now and then peek out,
      ST. GEORGE NEWS | STGnews.com
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

      • Greer Chesher November 4, 2014 at 2:07 pm

        Joyce, Even if your photo choice is a Halloween spoof, it plays on biased stereotypes one wouldn’t use with a human subject. I hope readers can count on The St. George News for more professional reporting on controversial issues in the future. I don’t mind enjoying the people behind the news–just not their misrepresentations.

        Thank you,
        Greer Chesher
        Writer

  • Kacee November 1, 2014 at 11:34 am

    It’s Bigfoot…..

  • My Evil Twin November 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    You people are so misinformed.

    • JOSH DALTON (INGOGNEGRO) November 1, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      What do you mean “you people?”

      • My Evil Twin November 1, 2014 at 7:22 pm

        Whatever you would like it to mean. . . :p

      • Mandy November 1, 2014 at 7:26 pm

        You are funny, Josh!

  • Double stranded Fila November 1, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    As you see their first immediate concern is for the animal, the Ebola patient, the Isis individuals, the any other small group that is a pain to everybody else. They are not concerned with human life because that would be wrong. Thank goodness for a government made up of employed losers that would say such a thing. Funny how a pay check can suck the common sense right out of your brain. Talk about zombies, everyone take a look at your pay check if it’s issued by any branch of the government,federal, state, or local may I suggest trying harder in life and become something worth being. Not zombie of the government.

    • so,ut November 2, 2014 at 9:23 am

      guess your 100% off grid, no water, power, sanitation, good for you.

    • Red Rocker November 2, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Twisted Strand….
      I worked for the Govt for 30 years, and seriously doubt that you would be hired for my job, let alone function.
      -Zombie

  • smartypants November 1, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    SSS…Shoot, Shovel and Shut Up!!! There is a reason why our ansestors got rid of the wolf.

    • Herd November 1, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      That’s what your ancestors probably also said about Indians.

    • 375ultra November 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      it’s an oversize coyote, shoot it

  • shopgirl5934 November 1, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    It would have been a lot better story if an actual photo of the dog/wolf/coyote/sasquatch would have been used instead of a generic photo.
    Inquiring minds want to see what this amazing protected hybrid looks like ! 🙂

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic November 1, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      We agree, shopgirl, and have requested such a photo; none supplied to us so far. 🙁
      Joyce
      EIC

  • Dolly November 1, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Double Stranded Fila…WHOA! Where did all that hostility come from? Hope this isn’t a precursor to you “going postal”!

  • Koolaid November 1, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Maybe it was Chewbacca, the Wookiee from Star Wars. May the Force be with you!

  • My Evil Twin November 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    It is probably no surprise, but I LIKE that picture! Can that aminal be adoptedated from the lokal aminal shelter? I WANT IT! 🙂

  • Jkfool November 1, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Kill it now. (or move it for all you tree hugger types) The deer herds are in rough enough shape.

  • Betty November 2, 2014 at 7:07 am

    It’s collared, could it be someone’s pet?

  • Not buying it November 2, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Leave my dog alone

    • Herd November 2, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Maybe it’s runaway dog from Cedar City turned mean by years of abuse, and no longer able to trust any human.

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