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Feral Animal Killed by Hunters Identified as Jackal

An unknown wolf-like animal killed by Lääne County hunters has turned out to be a jackal, native to Northern Africa, the Caucasus and the Balkans.

The hunters' dogs seriously injured the animal, which was then dispatched by the hunters. The carcass was sent to Tartu and its species was identified yesterday, reported ETV.

The Estonian Environment Information Center's expert Peep Männil determined the jackal is under one year old. This decreases the chance the animal had traveled long distances to reach Estonia, said Männil.

He concludes the animal was probably brought to Estonia as a pup and then ran away from the owner or is descended from a family of local jackals.

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