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    Default Wild Gray Wolf Killed By Hunter In Kentucky - First In 150 Years

    Yes, it was a wolf, in Kentucky | James Bruggers ? Watchdog Earth

    "The first documented free-ranging wolf in Kentucky’s modern history was shot and killed by an unsuspecting hunter, state wildlife officials have announced.

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    DNA analysis performed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Wildlife Research Center in Colorado determined the 73-pound animal was a federally endangered gray wolf with a genetic makeup resembling wolves native to the Great Lakes Region. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Oregon confirmed the finding.

    How the wolf found its way to a Munfordville hay ridge at daybreak in March remains a mystery, the agency reports. Wolves have been gone from the state since the mid-1800s.
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    If truly wild there are others. One theory is that it was in captivity and escaped due to the amount of plaque build up on its teeth. Wild wolves don't have plaque build up.

    I know of a wild wolf sanctuary, as well as, a few folks in SE and SC Indiana with domesticated canadian timberwolves. They're awesome animals. So this guy thought he shot himself a coyote. Well that's one gargantuan coyote. Here's more info on a link I found.

    Kentucky Gray Wolf Killed - Page 2 - Long Range Hunting Online Magazine

    Most folks would have thought it was a coyote unless they knew what they were looking at. It's a shame it was shot. I'd be on the look out for a litter or siblings in the region if it's wild. Cool find CWB and thanks for sharing!

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    I'd have cracked it too.
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    I have to wonder if the guy really thought it was a coyote.....

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    Did the guy get into trouble?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAC View Post
    Did the guy get into trouble?
    With the liberals yes! He's good otherwise, thought he was shooting a coyote and well they haven't seen a wolf in our region since the late 1800's. No charges filed per KDFWR, nor should they be.

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    Saw what I thought was a solid black coyote on the last eve of rifle season, trotting in my direction and below me. Stopped him at about 50 yards, just was not completely sure he was a coyote. Trotted like one, sized like one and spooked like one about 2 seconds after I voiced him to a stop. Saved the bullet and his life. When in doubt, I don't squeeze. Anyone know of black coyotes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonels_Wear_Blue View Post
    I have to wonder if the guy really thought it was a coyote.....
    I thought the same thing. However, in an open country setting, I wonder how it looked? Maybe without something to compare it too, hard to tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spindoc View Post
    I thought the same thing. However, in an open country setting, I wonder how it looked? Maybe without something to compare it too, hard to tell.
    I suppose that could be a possibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Content1 View Post
    With the liberals yes! He's good otherwise, thought he was shooting a coyote and well they haven't seen a wolf in our region since the late 1800's. No charges filed per KDFWR, nor should they be.
    Shocked he is not in hot water. While I agree he should not be, he did take a species he should not have. I'm hoping an Elk walks into my scope in NKY lol. I Could always say I thought it was a deer?
    The one that gets me is duck hunters determining species of ducks in a flock and on the fly.
    I think that is hard to do.

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    I'm actually surprised as well and too sure he shouldn't be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAC View Post
    Shocked he is not in hot water. While I agree he should not be, he did take a species he should not have. I'm hoping an Elk walks into my scope in NKY lol. I Could always say I thought it was a deer?
    The one that gets me is duck hunters determining species of ducks in a flock and on the fly.
    I think that is hard to do.
    IT would be perfectly legal, by the way, to kill that elk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1968isaac View Post
    Saw what I thought was a solid black coyote on the last eve of rifle season, trotting in my direction and below me. Stopped him at about 50 yards, just was not completely sure he was a coyote. Trotted like one, sized like one and spooked like one about 2 seconds after I voiced him to a stop. Saved the bullet and his life. When in doubt, I don't squeeze. Anyone know of black coyotes?
    I agree with isaacs approach. I've seen black wolves ( on TV ), which leads me to the obvious. Based on the sheer size of this wolf, if it was me, I wouldn't want to shoot a neighbors huskie or german shepherd which from a distance this animal could have been confused for. The fur color though could easily be confused for a coyote ( only benefit I would give this guy ).

    Our shooter either a. really doesn't know what a coyote looks like ( this wolf is double the size of a coyote ) b. wanted to shoot a dog he thought could be running deer, cattle or causing another nuisance c. knew he had a wolf in the area all along and could fall back on the coyote angle. Here's some additional pics to compare.

    Wolves, Wolf Pictures, Wolf Facts - National Geographic

    Timber Wolf Pictures, Timber Wolves, Wolf Pics, Wolf Pictures, Wolf Photos – Wolf Pack

    I bet folks will be more mindful as to what coyote looking critters they're shooting at in the area from now on. Curious as to what will happen if a second one is shot. Thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by spindoc View Post
    IT would be perfectly legal, by the way, to kill that elk.
    Thought one needed an Elk tag in order to do so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAC View Post
    Thought one needed an Elk tag in order to do so?
    You do but you can buy that over the counter, out of zone tag. You just can't use it in the restoration counties.
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    I'm going on record that there is zero chance this guy thought that was a coyote. If he honestly thought that was a coyote he has no business hunting. That wolf is the size of a German Shepard. Coyotes are typically close to half the size of this wolf.

    Gray Wolf - 32-34" tall at the shoulders and 80lbs
    Coyote - 23-26" tall at the shoulders and 45lbs

    according to Wiki the largest coyote on record was 74lbs, the size of this wolf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodsrider View Post
    You do but you can buy that over the counter, out of zone tag. You just can't use it in the restoration counties.
    Thanks! didn't realize I could hunt them without winning the " Elk lottery"
    But, I still think one could just claim it was an oversized deer???