Officials: ‘Lone Grand Canyon wolf’ shot dead in Utah

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DENVER, Colo. – Many in the wildlife industry rejoiced when a gray wolf was spotted in the Grand Canyon last year.

The gray wolf was the first one found in the Grand Canyon for 70 years.

Sadly, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the lone wolf was confirmed dead.

“After an extensive analysis by the University of Idaho, it has been confirmed that the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) killed in Utah on December 28, 2014 is the same wolf seen in the Grand Canyon area last year,” a press release by the agency said.

Geneticists compared the DNA from the wolf found in Utah to samples taken from the wolf near the Grand Canyon.

They were a match.

The investigation into the killing of the wolf is still ongoing.

The gray wolf is endangered and protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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