UPDATE: Animal Found Skinned in Montcalm County Is A Coyote

Posted at 11:43 AM, Nov 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-25 22:02:28-05

skinned dog pix2MONTCALM COUNTY, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed that the animal found skinned in Montcalm County is a coyote.

The DNR said someone placed the coyote carcass in a tree off of Kendaville Road near Lakeview.

The picture surfaced on social media with posters identifying the animal as a dog. Officer Ken Lowell with the DNR said the animal’s measurements are similar to that of a coyote. Without a DNA test, he said the DNR cannot be 100% of its finding. However, the animals skull is nearly identical to similar skinned carcasses.

Lowell said placing the carcass on someone else’s private property was the only questionable action in this situation.

UPDATED FROM: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is investigating the case of an animal found skinned in Montcalm County.

The photo of the animal is making its rounds on social media.  We are told the carcass was discovered in a tree off Kendaville Road near Lakeview.

FOX 17 has a crew investigating the story.  Look for reports beginning on FOX 17 News at 5pm.

CORRECTION: Rumors surfaced on social media that this animal is a dog. The species of this animal has not been confirmed with the Montcalm County Sheriffs Department or the DNR.