Photo of 100 pound wolf making the rounds on Facebook

Feb 8, 2013

This picture is making the rounds on Facebook.

A Michigan DNR conservation officer holding a 100 lb. wolf hit by a car in the Upper Peninsula.
A Michigan DNR conservation officer holding a 100 lb. wolf hit by a car in the Upper Peninsula.
Credit Michigan Whitetail Pursuit / Facebook

It was posted on the Michigan Whitetail Pursuit page and has been shared more than 3,000 times.

The animal was so big, I wasn't sure if the photo was manipulated. I checked in with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to find the story behind the photo.

It's legit, according to Ed Golder of the MDNR.

"This picture is of one of our conservation officers from Iron County in the Upper Peninsula. The wolf he is holding was hit by a car near Watersmeet in Gogebic County," said Golder.

"Tribal police were the primary responding agency. The wolf will go to an Upper Peninsula tribe so it can be mounted and displayed for educational purposes.

The wolf -- which was healthy and in good shape -- weighed about 100 pounds but looks bigger in the photo because of its full winter coat."

That's a warm winter coat.

- H/T to Sarah Hulett