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Animal shot near Hillsboro, N.D., confirmed as gray wolf

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A large canine taken by a coyote hunter early in January east of Hillsboro, N.D., in Traill County has been confirmed as a gray wolf.

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The hunter apparently shot the gray wolf, a protected species rarely seen in North Dakota, thinking it was a coyote.

According to Gary Rankin, district game warden for the state Game and Fish Department in Larimore, N.D., the hunter called him after realizing the animal probably was too big to be a coyote. Rankin then picked up the animal.

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