Wildlife officials got quite a surprise recently when an animal, shot and killed in west-central Kentucky earlier this year, was confirmed to be a gray wolf.
Wolves hadn’t been seen in the Bluegrass State for more than a century, but all that changed on March 16, when varmint hunter James Troyer shot an animal he believed to be a coyote. The 73-pound creature turned out to be a wolf. To be sure, Kentucky wildlife officials shipped the carcass off to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s genetics lab in Oregon. Scientists there identified the remains to be those of a gray wolf.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has the full story here, in a news release.
Hat tip: J.R. Absher in The Outdoor Pressroom.