the animal was male and weighed 81 pounds. It did not have ear tags, tattoos, other identification or physical signs that would show it was a captive animal. [An MDC resource scientist] collected tissue samples and the animal's DNA will be used to confirm the species and possible origin of the animal.
MDC has never stocked wolves and has no plans to restore them to Missouri.
Not that often, really. A small number of people in Missouri and everywhere apparently enjoy believing that government agencies secretly stock dangerous wildlife in inappropriate places. This seems especially true with species that turn up occasionally on their own, such as wolves and mountain lions. Those who insist on believing such conspiracy theories are vocal and persistent, however, so their visibility is out of proportion to their numbers.
I think some of this is attention-seeking behavior. In other cases, it seems to be more self-hypnosis where people convince themselves - despite the lack of evidence - that government agencies are up to all sorts of secret mischief.