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Mountain-Prairie Region

News Release

DNA Analysis Complete for Wolf Killed in Utah

For Immediate Release

February 11, 2015

Gray wolf. Credit: Credit: USFWS.
Gray wolf in snow Credit: Tony and Ann Hough/USFWS


DENVER—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.  

Geneticists from the university’s Laboratory for Ecological, Evolutionary, and Conservation Genetics compared the DNA from the wolf killed in Utah with samples taken from the wolf near the Grand Canyon.  The results were conclusive that it is the same wolf, identified by the Service as 914F, which was collared near Cody, Wyoming on January 8, 2014 and spotted in the Grand Canyon area in the fall of last year. 

The investigation into the killing of the wolf is still ongoing.  The status of the Gray Wolf in southern Utah is endangered and protected under the Endangered Species Act.


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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Mountain-Prairie Region

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Lakewood, CO 80228


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Steve Segin
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