That sure didn’t take long. Weren’t they predicting it would take months? Somebody put a rush on this one. What was it, week before last that I was reporting on the mysterious animal shot and killed by a rancher in Montana, an animal that didn’t look like a regular wolf? It was spurring all sorts of speculation, from a “Dogman” to the Shunka Warakin of Indian lore to an emaciated and malformed grizzly bear. The DNA results have come back, and it wasn’t any of those things. As I predicted we were all likely to be disappointed, if you were hoping the beast would turn out to be some kind of undiscovered animal, you WILL be disappointed with the news. It’s just a wolf. A plain ol’ wolf. Granted, it’s a weird-looking wolf, but still. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.
“We [had] no idea what this was until we [received] the DNA report back,” said Bruce Auchly, who works for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks service. This is a guy who should know what a wolf looks like, so the fact that he couldn’t readily identify it says something about its unusual appearance. But the explanation is prosaic: the weirdness of its physical appearance is simply the result of natural variation.
I’m sad that it wasn’t something more exotic. And I’m sad that an innocent animal got killed just for being an innocent animal.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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