Don McAlpine, a zoologist, said he expects to have a DNA profile in about a month that will settle the mystery once and for all.
The 90-pound animal may be a wolf, according to a zoologist. The last time a wolf was spotted in New Brunswick was 1876.(Courtesy of Roger Lanteigne)
“I think we figured it was just a matter of time before a wolf turned up here. There have been a number of confirmed wolves in Quebec, south of the St. Lawrence, in the last decade,” McAlpine said.
“There have been probably about 10 or so in the northern New England states and it's interesting that more than half of those animals are actually determined to be once captive animals, so there are certainly some wolves wandering around out there, but there is a mix of both captive and wild animals."
Provincial wildlife officials said the last time a wolf was reported killed in the province was in 1876.
McAlpine said the animal could turn out to be a wolf, or a mix between a coyote and a domestic dog or a wolf, domestic dog and coyote mix.