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April 01, 2013
The Massachusetts Mystery Wolf Photo - 4

I experienced a college flashback this past week and not just because I was sitting in a bar. It was late Thursday afternoon and after greeting a couple of buddies shortly after walking through the door, IPhones began making their anticipated appearances. However, instead of predictable photos of strutting gobblers, the accompanying photo popped up.
   
“Yep, this thing was shot in Chester, Mass.—just a little north of here,” someone said. “Must have been one of those wolf/dog hybrid things because I heard that it was declawed.” And then I had my flashback.

Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics
, a favorite undergrad communications textbook, immediately came to mind. Swapping the word “statistics” for “the internet” would help make for a modern-day version of a college textbook.

A day later we stopped down at the watering hole again. While waiting for our pizza, another local walked in with a printout of the same photo also claiming it to be a Massachusetts wolf shot by “a buddy’s friend.”  He also said that it was shot a week or two ago. Hmmmmmmmm... I guess it’s not too surprising. Ever since the bona fide wolf kill in Shelburne, Mass. a couple years ago and the furor over the mountain lion roadkill in nearby Connecticut, these sorts of stories have been widely circulated. Just don’t believe everything you hear.

A little Google-Image investigating indicates that the photo first showed up on the Internet in May 2012. Further, depending on who you believe, it was either shot or trapped in Idaho or the Northwest Territories. It seems an odd-looking beast to me, but if you know more, leave a comment in the box below.

 

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from Jason Long wrote 16 weeks 6 days ago

@trappervic, the guy who is shadowed if you look to the left of him on the ground in the pic(the shadow casts itself behind and to his right). There is records of wolves this big but not in over 300 yrs and they were in England. This I agree with you is a bit hoakey, yes both the hunter are shadowed but a wolf that big................i find it a lil hard to believe,something like this wouldve been all over the news

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from trapper vic wrote 27 weeks 5 days ago

Notice the wolf casts a shadow the man does not. This may be a werewolf killed by a vampire! Just adding a little more rubber to stretch this (tale) tail!

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 1 week ago

I'm with huntfish on this one. B.S. comes to mind.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 2 weeks ago

Either that's a really short dude, or that's one heck of a big wolf.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 2 weeks ago

Either that's a really short dude, or that's one heck of a big wolf.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 1 week ago

I'm with huntfish on this one. B.S. comes to mind.

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from trapper vic wrote 27 weeks 5 days ago

Notice the wolf casts a shadow the man does not. This may be a werewolf killed by a vampire! Just adding a little more rubber to stretch this (tale) tail!

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from Jason Long wrote 16 weeks 6 days ago

@trappervic, the guy who is shadowed if you look to the left of him on the ground in the pic(the shadow casts itself behind and to his right). There is records of wolves this big but not in over 300 yrs and they were in England. This I agree with you is a bit hoakey, yes both the hunter are shadowed but a wolf that big................i find it a lil hard to believe,something like this wouldve been all over the news

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