Wolf kill confirmed in Kentucky

August 19, 2013 by John McCoy
Gray wolf

Gray wolf

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.


3 Responses to “Wolf kill confirmed in Kentucky”

  1. joe says:

    Great. It’ll probably be another 100 years before a wolf gets to KY again (only to be shot).

  2. moondog says:

    Sensationalism by omission Mr. McCoy. The original article does state that there are indications that this animal came from a captive situation.

  3. Deb says:

    I’m from Montana you can have the **** things!

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