Near the town of Beaver, in southwestern Utah, a rare gray wolf is dead. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources confirmed Monday that the wolf, a three-year-old female wearing a radio collar, had been confused with a coyote and was shot by a hunter.
"We are still investigating," DWR director Greg Sheehan told the Salt Lake Tribune, "but it seems initially that it was a case of mistaken identity."
The identity of the wolf is currently unclear, and the Utah DWR notes the case is under review. Though some biologists believe this dead wolf is wearing a different radio collar, according to the Tribune, conservation group the Center for Biological Diversity suggested that the animal is Echo. Echo, whose poop DNA indicates she's from the Rockies, was named in a December contest after she roamed into the Grand Canyon. Though the Grand Canyon is hundreds of miles away from Utah, such distances aren't out of reach for roaming wolves. Perhaps the most famous gray wolf, OR-7, has traveled thousands of miles since 2011 before finding a mate in May.