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Mistaken Identity: Coyote hunter accidentally kills northern gray wolf in Utah

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Posted at 2:04 PM, Dec 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-29 16:46:23-05

BEAVER, Utah –  Officials said a coyote hunter accidentally shot and killed a northern gray wolf, which had a radio collar, in Beaver, Utah.

Mark Martinez, with the Division of Wildlife Resources, said the hunter contacted DWR as soon as he realized he shot a wolf instead of a coyote Sunday.

Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed the animal was a 3-year-old female northern gray wolf that was collared in January 2014 near Cody, Wyoming.

According to the DWR, the hunter shot the wolf near the south end of the Tushar Mountains, a few miles outside of Beaver.

Authorities are still investigating the case at this time.

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