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Collared, grayish-tan wolf in open field

Collared Gray Wolf

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.

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Collared, grayish-tan wolf in open field

Gray Wolf (Timber Wolf)

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.

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