New York: DNA test identifies wolf in Greater Capital Region

From in New York:

ALBANY, N.Y. (WTEN) — A DNA test has confirmed that an animal shot in the Greater Capital Region last December was a gray wolf. While data has shown that some coyotes in the northeast are part-wolf, the DNA of the 85-pound animal killed in Central New York was 99% wolf—a mixture of Great Lakes, Northwest Territories, and eastern gray wolf, according to the results of a DNA test released Tuesday.

Joseph Butera, a member of the Northeast Ecological Recovery Society, a not-for-profit that advocates for the restoration of native species in the Northeast, coordinated the DNA test after he saw the wolf on a hunter’s Facebook page. The hunter agreed to supply a tissue sample, which was tested by a lab at Trent University in Ohio.

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