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Wolf hit by car in Portage

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PORTAGE (WKOW) -- Wisconsin State Patrol says a wolf was hit by a car near Portage, a part of the state where the species is rarely seen.

A trooper took a photograph of the large wolf found on the shoulder of I-94 near the Sauk/Columbia County line. Inspector Troy Larsen is seen holding up the large wolf carcass, believed to have been hit by a car. Officials say the driver left the scene and did not report the accident to law enforcement but another driver reported seeing the wolf on March 26.

Troopers contacted the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The DNR requested the wolf be taken to the Mackenzie Center near Poynette.

DNR spokesperson Bob Manwell tells 27 News it's unusual to see wolves this far south in the state, but it's not extremely rare.

A number of wolves have been spotted passing through the area and some have been hit and killed by cars in recent years, but this part of the state is not considered prime habitat for wolves. They tend to stick farther north. Manwell says in this case, it was likely a lone male looking for new territory.

The DNR is assessing whether the wolf can be preserved and used as an educational tool.

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