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"We had a strange animal called shunka warak’in that snuck into camps at night and stole dogs. It was said to look something like a hyena and cried like a person when they killed it. Its skin is said to be kept by someone still."
It was there on the Hutchins Ranch, where they encountered an unusual animal. The animal bothered the ranchers’ animals and looked very odd. They compared it to a hyena, with low back quarters....
The mounted animal ended up in a combination grocery and museum owned by a man named Sherwood at Henry Lake, Idaho, where it stayed for years. Sherwood called it ringdocus.
The number of livestock the "Creature" killed finally reached about 120, by the end of October 2006.
The orangish coat may be more indicative of wolves that roam the upper Great Lakes region, Sime said.
The animal also had long claws and teeth in good condition, somewhat unusual for a 4-year-old wolf, raising the possibility it might be a hybrid that had spent some time in captivity, Sime said.
On the other hand, the wolf was fairly large at 106 pounds with a big head and hunting skills, which may suggest it was wild, Sime said.
It leaves a track like a small wolf, or a dog, or a wolf-hybrid, but its killing habits are inefficient, nothing like the surgical lethality of a wolf taking meat from a herd of domestic sheep.
The animal shot and killed in Montana remains the only physical evidence of the Shunka Warak’in, however the results of the tests on the creature have yet to be published.
The only sighting of the Shunka Warak’in that has been documented with the name of the individual who saw the creature was the Hutchins sightings in the late 1880’s. No other documented sightings could be found at this time.
The Stats (Where applicable)
• Classification: Hybrid / Other
• Size: Roughly that of a large wolf
• Weight: Unknown
• Diet: Carniverous
• Location: Illinois, Montana, Iowa, Nebraska and Alberta
• Movement: Four legged walking
• Environment: Forest and Plains
I could not find any results from the DNA testing, but if you find some, please let me know.
I am sending this email to inquire on your labs analysis of the creature killed on November 2nd, 2006 in McCone County, Montana. The carcass was supposedly sent your lab for genetic study and UCLA for DNA analysis. The creature was believed to possibly be a previously unknown animal, possibly similar to a wolf. No results have been released to my knowledge, or at least from what I could find. I would appreciate your comment on this matter.
The two things that might be problematic about its identification as belonging to Borophagus is that there is no evidence for Borophagus after the Pliocene and the characteristic high-domed skull which doesn't seem to match the mounted specimen, although it is not clear if the specimen was built around the original skull or not. The painted images from the NPS of course is just an artist's rendition based on present-day hyena appearances; there is no reason a Borophagus could not be near-black.
Anything is possible until we see the DNA results.
May 11, 2006—DNA analysis has confirmed that a bear shot in the Canadian Arctic last month is a half-polar bear, half-grizzly hybrid. While the two bear species have interbred in zoos, this is the first evidence of a wild polar bear-grizzly offspring.
So I guess it is possible for two seemingly non-compatible animals to breed, I men who would have thought a Polar Bear and a Grizzly Bear?