The body of a gray wolf was discovered recently in Eastern Iowa, a reminder that the roaming animals still make their way into Iowa from time to time.

CBS2 reports that the adult male gray wolf was discovered last week in the median of I-80 in Scott County. The wolf is estimated to be around 2 years old. The body was sent to Ames and the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. Based on the examination, the animal was confirmed as a Gray Wolf and was deemed to be in good health. CBS2 reports that the animal did suffer from tapeworms, which isn't unusual for wild canids.

CBS2 reports that officials with the Iowa DNR say that the wolf likely originated from the Great Lakes population, from either Wisconsin or Minnesota. Iowa has seen an average of one to five wolves traveling into the state per year from the Great Lakes wolf population.

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Officials also issued a warning to coyote hunters. While the animals can look similar from a distance, it is important to remember that wolves are a protected species in the state of Iowa, according to CBS2. There is no open season to hunt them.

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