DNR reported this morning that an unidentified canine with characteristics of a wolf was found dead last week just north of Interstate 80 in Grundy County.
"The animal is in possession of DNR biologists," DNR spokesman Chris Young wrote in an email. "It measured approximately 48 inches long from the tip of its nose to the rear. More information will be forthcoming on the cause of death once a necropsy is completed."
Young added that DNR biologists are coordinating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on genetic testing of the animal.
A new Illinois law that took effect Jan. 1 protects wolves, along with black bears and cougars. Existing federal laws already includes language protecting wolves.