Hunter kills Gray Wolf in central Missouri

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HOWARD COUNTY, MO. (KTVI) – This past fall a man from southeast Missouri killed what he thought was coyote on his property in Howard County, which is near Columbia, Missouri.  But, after a closure inspection of the animal, he thought it was something else.

The Missouri Department of Conservation says that the man killed a Gray Wolf. This is a  Federally protected species.  DNA confirms the wolf is from the Great Lake states.  Officials think the wolf may have wandered down from Minnesota, Wisconsin or Michigan. The animal was not tagged and is not believed to have been a captive animal.

This is the third Gray Wolf killed in Missouri over the past 13 years.  Many of them were shot by hunters mistaking the wolves as coyotes.


  • t

    I highly highly highly doubt that this was accident. This is just my opinion but you have to be an idiot hunter to kill a wolf and say it was coyote.

    • Darryl

      Are you a hunter? Can you identify all animals in the wild? They look like coyotes and they are just a tad bigger, coyotes can get that big!

  • Loyal Conservationist

    Actually it is quite possible to mistake one in the woods or at a distance. Missouri is so over run with coyotes,while on the other hand wolves are extremely rare. As the article states, this one is from the great lakes region 400 plus miles away. I doubt you understand that since your brain has overdosed on tree sap from the constant shouldn’t you worry more about the local crime or drunk drivers? Sheesh, get your priorities in line.

    • charles roberson

      You are right. I doubt that either one of those tree huggers have ever been in the woods or ever seen a coyote outside of a zoo. They are probably against hunting anything.

      • Thomas Reedy

        Yes, Chuck, I’m one of those people–“trees hugger” you so *indelicately called them (us). *definition below:

        DEFINITION (The Free Dictionary by Farlex)

        Also found in: Legal
        in·del·i·cate  (n-dl-kt)
        1. Offensive to established standards of propriety; improper. See Synonyms at improper.
        2. Marked by a lack of good taste; coarse.
        3. Lacking in consideration for the feelings of others; tactless.

        So, Chuck, now that you know the meaning of your aforementioned action of your rude name-calling designed to reduce everyone who don’t agree with your limited point of view to second-class citizens (though I’m having difficulty understanding how you believe that you are on a higher rung of the food-chain ladder), let’s proceed to the broader question of who really is the better conservationist caretaker of our endangered planet and all of its current inhabitants, including you.

        Caretakers are, in point of fact, caregivers. The difference is in the last six letters of these seemingly similar words: “takers” versus “givers.” Are you with me Chuck.
        Basically, “takers” remove or take away something, while “givers” add something of value. I think you’ll agree, therefore, that Caretakers (tree-huggers, animal lovers, people lovers, nature lovers) are really good people and Caretakers (responsible hunters, committed conservationists, respectful landholders) are in many ways the same. However, I suggest that caregivers go that extra step which is that ALL life is sacred whether wolf, coyote, Fox, you, me, everyone.

        Well, Chuck, I hope you got something of value from this little chat, I know that I did. Respectfully yours

    • campergirl

      I’ve been trying to find a way to contact Ms Moon and tell her to go back to pronunciation school. I couldn’t believe they let that go on air as “WOOF”. Wow!!!!!

  • Adama

    It’s my opinion you have to be an idiot to make claims when you know nothing about hunting. And I highly highly highly doubt you would be able to tell the difference from 200 yards.

  • Ken

    So is the man that shot the wolf in any trouble? Or are charges still pending on this?
    I agree with most people on here that telling the difference between a coyote and a wolf at 200 yards is going to be very difficult especially in heavy vegetation which some people hunt in.
    It cracks me up to see some people defend something that they know absolutely nothing about.
    That’s all I have to say about that

    • Thomas Reedy

      Hello Ken, your comment generally held up until the sentence beginning with “It cracks me up…” in which you totally lost me with “some people” (which people?), “defend” (what?), and “know absolutely nothing” (really lost me there Ken). So, there you have it, you did your bit and I did mine. Open and honest communication is what it’s all about. Thank you.

  • Loyal Conservationist

    Thanks for all the support. I have spent plenty of time in the woods hunting and have had coyotes run through the woods around me and even had one shadow me while dragging out a deer once. It is unnerving. I don’t know this persons personal situation, but I’d have shot it if it was a threat to my person, pet or livestock. After all the guy did the right thing and reported it, he did not keep it a secret. That in itself makes me believe it was mistaken identity.

  • Loyal Conservationist

    Let me add briefly, I still believe there should be an investigation. There are a lot of idiots out there, but there is no reason to jump to conclusions and condemn this person to be immediately guilty of wrong doing. Last I heard this is the USA and there is due process of law to follow.

      • Thomas Reedy

        Well, Loyal, it would be ‘natural selection’ IF AND ONLY IF you remove man from the equation. There was a time, a very long time ago, when man (as symbol of all humankind) represented a positive contribution to world order. Sadly, that’s no longer true. So, Loyal, natural selection is ONLY NATURAL when mankind is totally removed from the picture, something I personally believe is destined to happen one day. Mother Nature will prevail. Mankind will not. My comment is respectfully submitted.

      • Loyal Conservationist

        As far as I know man is a natural being and therefore part of the equation. We were all created depending on what you believe, by God or by evolution. It is not my fault that we were given or evolved to the level of intelligence we have (at least some of us)while the rest did not. There is what they call the cycle of life, species come and go, the strongest survive, hence natural selection. You strike me as a fairly intelligent person yet you berated Charles and Ken for their views which you are guilty of the same thing by talking down to them. Quite the paradox. Just to show you that people like me are compassionate about our fellow man, I am going to beg you to see a doctor and have that bleeding heart checked out along with your delusions of grandeur.

  • Vermont

    Wow. There are so many ill-conceived notions here it’s hard to know where to start. Natural selection. Man does not need to hunt. Man hunts because he likes to. Period. Coyotes and other predators take the weakest, and man tries for the biggest and strongest. Wildlife culls the herd, man destroys the gene pool. The human gene pool has been long decimated by itself; we’re goners. I live in Vermont and I used to hunt. I raise my own meat, humanely. I hear the excuse of coyotes pulling down a deer and how awful it is. That deer was weak and slow and would likely die anyway. Man shoots a deer, it’s not a kill, just wounded-oops I missed! but the animal travels and suffers until it finally dies. Then you have the other natural selection-the part I like best-when you all go out hunting together and one of you is so eager to get his deer that you end up shooting and killing your hunting buddy. Yeah, man is sure intelligent.

  • Loyal Conservationist

    I actually agree with Vermont, to a degree. I am not a hunter that always goes for the trophy, I hunt for the meat. I process everything my myself and waste nothing. I take only what I need. I don’t agree with those that hunt only for the trophy or those that make shots they are 100% sure of. As for the human gene pool I agree as well. We have advanced too far that we have weakened our own species. It is to the point that the special needs of one rule the majority. What is the result of that? Those weakened genes are allowed to spread. We will be the end of our selves through no fault but our own. Vermont, you get most of it right, but you assume all hunters are a-holes, but as in every aspect of society (whether it be politics, religion, hunting, or whatever) the few ruin it for all. It upsets me that people jump to conclusions about the others of whom they don’t agree with.

  • Darryl

    it’s a wild canine that wrecks havoc on lesser species for the most part. In a large pack they can be devastating to larger animals also.The latest induction of wolfs to restore them have decimated large game animals in national parks and surrounding cattle farms. I am not an advocate of the restoration of wild canines back into the wild. If I see a coyote or a wolf I will take it out period! There is to many and they should be controlled to almost extinct in my opinion. Years ago we used to see more rabbits, quail, pheasants, turkey, and smaller animals, since there has been seasons and limits posed on them these other species have suffered depletion in numbers so low that sometimes I don’t even see some of these animals for months. Save the small animals KILL A COYOTE OR WOLF!!!!!!!!!

    • campergirl

      Wow, I guess you have NO idea that the animals were here first. Did you ever hear of survival of the fittest, culling the heard? That’s what predators do, NOT humans. If it weren’t for natural predators in the wild, the smaller animal, and even the big ones, like deer and elk, wouldn’t have healthy herds. I guess you don’t look around very well, but I see more rabbits and deer than I ever have. And one reason is there’s no natural predator, just stupid man.
      The induction of wolves has NOT decimated large game in the parks. Where are you getting this stuff????

    • Genissa Lee

      These wolves are federally protected and you must have a permit to kill a coyote. Be careful, The law, or karma will catch up with you. We actually could use some wolves in Missouri to help with the diseased deer population. (Just my opinion) I really don’t appreciate the danger to my chickens, but that is farm life, and that is why it’s not for everyone. So, ya’ll need to stay in the city if you can’t handle loosing a few small animals.

  • Vermont

    Loyal, yes, I agree with you. There are many responsible hunters. I ended up banning hunting on my land because people would be right behind the house where my dogs, horses and family move about. If they stayed up on the mountain all would have been fine. They were even asked one year to stay up on the ridge and away from the house. They didn’t. They ruined it for themselves.

    Darryl, humans have invaded the territory of all wildlife. We do a bigger job of thinning the animal population than any wild canid, just for the fact the we want to be everywhere…..Yes! It’s ours and animals be damned.

  • Genissa Lee

    Ok, I just saw one trying to get into my chicken pen. I live in Missouri, where we aren’t supposed to have a wolf population, and at first, I thought it was a coyote, and I was about to let my lab run it off, but then realized how BIG this thing was. It had to be the biggest coyote I have ever seen. So big, I decided I had better not let my dog go out there. It was much prettier that a regular coyote as well. I don’t allow hunting on my land, and I don’t want to have to kill anything, but this animal, although beautiful, is dangerous. It has killed 3 hens and my tom turkey. So, who wants to come and trap it and take it to a preserve?

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