/ Modified nov 24, 2014 11:39 a.m.

Female Gray Wolf Wanders in Grand Canyon

Animal was first seen on North Rim earlier this month; wildlife officials confirm species.

Federal wildlife officials say tests have confirmed that the animal seen on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon recently is a female gray wolf.

Gray wolf fcs large Gray wolf. (PHOTO: Gary Kramer, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

The wolf traveled 450 miles or more from its habitat in the northern Rocky Mountains, and it was identified from analysis of its droppings.

It was first seen in the North Rim earlier this month. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife then announced it was working on determining whether the animal was in fact a gray wolf or a hybrid.

A gray wolf hadn't been seen in Arizona for more than 70 years.

The animal is fully protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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