Officials with Kentucky’s Fish and Wildlife Department say federal authorities have confirmed a gray wolf was killed earlier this year in the Commonwealth. The state agency says wolves have been virtually gone from Kentucky since the mid 1800’s. It’s a mystery as to how the endangered animal wound up in Hart County in March.
Hart County resident James Troyer shot the wolf while hunting for predators on his family’s farm. Since wolves haven’t been visible in the state in more than a century, biologists were skeptical at first. Recent results from DNA testing proved the animal was a wolf.