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DENTON, Mont. (AP) - A central Montana rancher shot a wolf-like animal after it was spotted in a pasture with livestock, but a closer look prompted state wildlife officials to take DNA samples to determine what type of animal it was. Wildlife officials say the animal's front claws and canine teeth are too short and its ears are too tall in proportion to the skull for it to be a purebred wolf.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Rescuers have recovered a sport utility vehicle from the upper Selway River, but Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings says none of the four hunters missing since the crash earlier this week were inside. The vehicle flipped into the river early Monday and two of six men inside were able to get out of the fast-moving water safely. The crash happened in a remote part of Idaho about 60 miles west of Darby. The SUV was recovered Thursday.

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The state Board of Regents is asking the state for an additional $14.6 million in its next two-year budget so increased costs aren't completely passed on to students. The regents propose a $524 million budget during the 2019-20 school year and $528 million the next year.

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - The Montana University System has changed the name of Montana Tech to Montana Technological University. The Montana Standard reports the system's board of regents approved the name change Thursday, moving away from the Butte school's formal name of Montana Tech of the University of Montana, which it has held for about 24 years.

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