The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Mo. hunter bags mystery coyote-type animal

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  • 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 Tuesday at Franklin Island Conservation Area when the animal came into range.
    The Columbia Daily Tribune (http://bit.ly/U0Ivck) 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
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