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

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    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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