MORRIS – Tests have confirmed that the wolf-like animal found dead along a roadside last month is indeed a gray wolf.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources had a DNA test run on the animal, which confirmed the female animal was a gray wolf from the Great Lakes population.
"We will get a complete report in a few weeks that will tell exactly where it came from," said Hank Frazier of the IDNR.
According to a published report, the wolf was discovered dead alongside a road north of Interstate 80 by a father and son who stopped after seeing the animal they thought was a coyote.
Morris veterinarian David Bainbridge examined the wolf and said previously the injuries were consistent with being hit by a car, and were bad enough to be fatal to the animal.
According to another IDNR spokesperson, Chris Young, the wolf was identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
To date, there have been 10 confirmed gray wolves in Illinois since 2000, according to the University of Illinois Extension.