Sunday, May 14, 2006

NY wolf's DNA tests reveal surprise

DNA tests have confirmed the animal shot in Cayuga County last spring was a wolf, state wildlife officials said this week.

Ward Stone, senior wildlife pathologist for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said tests on the 99-pound animal proved what he believed all along. The surprising result was the genetic detail revealed in the tests, performed at the University of California at Davis, Stone said.

"They showed that it was part arctic wolf, and part Great Lakes variety," he said.

The wolf is believed to have escaped from a pen, and Stone said he thinks someone was breeding the animal with dogs. He said he would draft a report outlining those suspicions.

Sterling resident John Yuhas found the wolf on top of his pet golden retriever last April. He shot the animal and killed it, but he was too late to save his dog.

The tests make the wolf the second one found in New York since 1899. A hunter shot and killed a purebred gray wolf in Saratoga County in 2002.

  • Albany Times Union
  • 16 Comments:

    Blogger DG from HFNY said...

    I was driving to Monroe NY yesterday on 293/rt6 and almost hit a wolf. I called our local police department and they gave me the # of some wildlife department where I left a message, they never called back. The wolfe was emaciated, I got a good look at him/her because I almost hit it. I know what a dog, cyotie, fox, ect looks like, this was a wolfe. Has anyone else seen a wolfe roaming wild in Orange County New York? DG frome HFNY

    6/03/2006 11:19 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Orange County NY, Westtown-My father saw A wolf behind our house chasing a deer recently. When he asked around he found out someone near by had seen two of 2 Wolves down the road. He knows it was not a coyote.

    2/03/2011 12:24 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    5/4/2011

    Live in Slate Hill, NY (Orange County). Almost positive I saw a wolf last night, directly under my bedroom window. I wanna say it was a wolf, but who would believe me. My dog was barking its head off, it just looked up at me and kept doing what it was doing. About 7 minutes from Westtown, where the two were stated to be spotted. Def not a YOTE.

    5/04/2011 4:28 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    We just saw a wolf tonight by Slate Hill orchards

    12/03/2011 8:35 PM  
    Anonymous Wayne C said...

    I saw a wolf tonight at 11:06pm crossing Orange Turnpike near Mansion Ridge in Monroe NY. It was a large grey wolf.

    9/10/2014 10:20 PM  
    Blogger Unknown said...

    I seen a wolf around 2am Saturday in Monroe Ny near a place called Nebraskay's about to cross tthe road ., It was too big to be a coyote so I know it was a wolf .

    11/10/2015 7:28 AM  
    Blogger Clifford Phillips said...

    Someone needs to back me up if they have seen a wolf in that area. I was too afraid to stop. Or even if they have seen a wolf in Monroe. Someone needs to explain how there are wolves in the area.

    11/10/2015 7:31 AM  
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    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I live in rural Bloomingburg NY, FOR THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS AT AROUND THE SAME TIME, EARLY MORNING I see what appears to be a white wolf coming up from a creek and taking the same route into the woods...my son sees it coming back after dark. Can it truly be a wolf??

    11/19/2016 8:54 PM  
    Blogger Creamy Jourdan said...

    I saw a dead on I87 about a ago between exit 15 and 16. It was in the middle lane and I saw it as I got closer. I changed lanes to avoid what I thought was a deer of course. As I got close I saw the tail and head. It was huge and grey. Definitely not a coyote. I checked the news for days to see if there would be any mention of it but nothing was said. I'm sure if there is one there are more because wolves are not known for traveling lone.

    11/20/2016 6:17 AM  
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