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Collared Gray Wolf

Collared, grayish-tan wolf in open field
Gray wolves can be white or black, but most are a variation of brown or gray. In recent years, a few gray wolves have wandered into Missouri from the upper Midwest and were mistaken for coyotes. If you see an exceptionally large “coyote,” it could be a gray wolf, which is protected under the Endangered Species Act. More

Gray Wolf (Timber Wolf)

Collared, grayish-tan wolf in open field
Canis lupus
The gray wolf originally ranged throughout Missouri, but with settlement the species was gradually exterminated. While there is no evidence of a breeding population in the state, wolves are listed as a protected species in Missouri, and they occasionally wander into Missouri from northern states. More