Gray Wolf (Timber Wolf)
Similar to the coyote, but larger and more robust (coyotes seldom exceed 30 pounds in our state), and with a broader nose pad, a larger heel pad on the front foot, somewhat coarser pelage (fur), longer and more slender legs and larger ears in proportion to the head. The coloration varies. The species is an occasional visitor to our state. Because of the great variety in the bodies of dogs, coyotes and wolves, to ensure correct identification, seek expert advice. In the last decade or so, Missouri hunters have occasionally shot wolves that have wandered here from other states, having mistaken them for enormous coyotes.