Video shows what appears to be rare gray wolf in Black Hills

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A rural Hot Springs resident has shot video of what appears to a rare gray wolf in the Black Hills.

Lance Verhulst isn’t saying where he shot the video because he doesn’t want people in his elk-hunting spot.

But South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Regional Wildlife Manager John Kanta tells the Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/1PoaeBX ) that based on the video footage, officials are “pretty confident” the animal is a wolf. Kanta says it’s likely a lone male traveling through from another state.

The video will go into a state database that houses all wolf sightings in South Dakota, whether or not they’re confirmed.

Kanta says the last confirmed wolf in the Black Hills was in 2012, in Custer County. DNA testing determined it came from the Great Lake Region.

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