New Tests Confirm Wolf Shot in Vermont

From the Rutland Herald:

_A 92-pound canine shot in Troy last October may be the first confirmed wolf to roam the Green Mountains in more than a century, Vermont officials said Tuesday.

A yearlong investigation into the genetic makeup of the large animal, initially mistaken for a coyote, found "a substantial amount of wolf ancestry, " according to . . . the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department . . . .

But scientists say it likely wasn't wild. Genetic tests conducted at four laboratories. . . traced the ancestry of the animal to two separate and geographically distinct populations of wolves. The animal, according to lab conclusions, was almost certainly bred in captivity._