- Nov 20, 13, 09:34 AM #1
Wild Gray Wolf Killed By Hunter In Kentucky - First In 150 YearsYes, 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.
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."Advertisement
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- Nov 20, 13, 03:42 PM #5If 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!
- Nov 20, 13, 03:55 PM #6I'd have cracked it too.
- Nov 20, 13, 05:14 PM #7I have to wonder if the guy really thought it was a coyote.....
- Nov 20, 13, 05:20 PM #8Did the guy get into trouble?
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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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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.
- Nov 20, 13, 09:15 PM #14I'm actually surprised as well and too sure he shouldn't be.
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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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- Nov 21, 13, 10:44 AM #19I'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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