Last week the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources reported that a helicopter crew spotted four wolves or wolf-dog hybrids in a remote area of northeast Utah. For more than a year, the division has been investigating wolf sightings in the region, but it won’t confirm this sighting until it has DNA evidence.

The division is now trying to track and capture the animals. This from the press statement:

_”If the animals are wolf-dog hybrids, Kevin Bunnell of Utah DWR says the animals will be killed. If the animals are wolves, however, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has management authority for the animals.

Except for a small area in northern Utah, Bunnell says, any wolf that enters the state is fully protected by the federal Endangered Species Act.

Outside of that small area in northern Utah, Bunnell says the DWR doesn’t have any management authority over wolves in Utah. All management authority rests with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The USFWS has given the DWR approval to capture the animals and draw their blood.”_