Mo. hunter bags mystery coyote-type animal

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - It could take up to six months before conservation agents figure out what a Missouri hunter shot when the thought he was bagging an unusually large coyote.

The man - who asked officials not to disclose his identity - was hunting for deer  at Franklin Island Conservation Area when the animal came into range.

The Columbia Daily Tribune ( reports coyotes are in season and the man had a permit, so he shot what he thought was a state-record coyote.

But when it weighed 81 pounds - seven pounds more than the national record - a Cooper County conservation agent ordered it taken to a regional office for testing.

Experts say the animal could be a wolf, a large coyote or a hybrid animal with characteristics of both

Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune,

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