The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources decided to jump in on the debate, stating that biologists were heading to the area to identify the animal. Although, they couldn't identify what the animal was from the live shot video.
"The ears are close together, tall and pointier at the tips. The tail appears shorter than a cougar's tail. We checked on the tracks, and they were definitely dog tracks," the division tweeted.
The division went out to the same spot the creature was spotted, examined some paw prints, and came to the conclusion that it was — in fact — a domesticated dog.
The pooch's owner also confirmed the species of his new TV star/internet sensation. The owner also sent a photo to the KUTV News station, claiming that the dog is their pet.
We've all been duped by a DOG!
Utah DWR believe it’s a dog based on the paw prints AND the owner just sent us this photo! :) pic.twitter.com/zZxFKeBBjU