Scientists at an Oregon lab are working to identify the mystery wolf-like creature that was killed on a ranch in Montana

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An Oregon lab is still working to identify the mystery wolf-like creature that was killed on a ranch in Montana last month.

The animal's carcass was sent to the US Fish and Wildlife Service forensics laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, after it was shot near a rancher's livestock.

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Scientists are in the process of extracting DNA from the creature's cells so that they can look for markers specific to individual species.

Those markers will then be compared to samples of known species on hand.

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But scientists were able to tell that the animal 'was a young, non-lactating female and a canid, a member of the dog family, which includes dogs, foxes, coyotes and wolves'.

However, they said it 'may take weeks or months, depending on the laboratory’s backlog of cases' to learn exactly what the animal was.

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The animal was originally reported as a wolf, but several Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ wolf specialists looked at photos of the animal and collectively doubted it was a purebred wolf because 'the canine teeth were too short, the front paws too small and the claws on the front paw were too long'.

The creature has long greyish fur, an extended snout and a large head like a wolf.

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But it also has long, large ears and a short body and legs - features that are uncharacteristic for a North American wolf.

Experts initially believed the animal was most likely a cross between a wolf and a coyote or dog.

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