Utah wildlife biologists still hope to learn whether four animals spotted two months ago in the Wasatch Mountains east of Springville might be the state's first modern-day resident wolves.
But the canine feces they collected and sent to a California laboratory for genetic testing turned out to be a dud: It came from coyotes.
It doesn't mean the animals that a coyote-control team saw from a helicopter are coyotes, Division of Wildlife Resources spokesman Mark Hadley said Monday. Biologists say they're definitely not coyotes but rather wolves or wolf-dog hybrids. The false test just means crews that later found a scavenged moose carcass in the area collected and submitted scat from the wrong suspects.