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kygobbler
 
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Grey Wolves

Postby kygobbler » August 14th, 2013, 6:18 pm

I just read this article ,http://fw.ky.gov/app/news/newsdetail.aspx?id=1334, from KY fish and wildlife's home page. I cant believe that one was actually down this far. I also wonder how many more are down here.

Well apparently the site wont pop up when you click on it. So here it is.

August 14, 2013

Federal officials confirm gray wolf taken in Kentucky

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Frankfort, KY. - Federal officials recently confirmed that an animal taken by a hunter near Munfordville in Hart County on March 16 is a gray wolf.

A 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. Wolves have been gone from the state since the mid-1800s.

Great Lakes Region wolf biologists said the animal's dental characteristics - a large amount of plaque on its teeth - suggest it may have spent some time in captivity. A largely carnivorous diet requiring the crushing of bone as they eat produces much less plaque on the teeth of wild wolves.

Hart County resident James Troyer took the animal with a shot from 100 yards away while predator hunting on his family's farm. Troyer, 31, said he had taken a coyote off the property just two weeks earlier.

But when he approached the downed animal he noticed it was much larger. "I was like - wow - that thing was big!" he recalled. "It looked like a wolf, but who is going to believe I shot a wolf?"

Because a free-ranging wolf has not been seen in the state for more than a century, biologists were skeptical at first. However, wildlife officials were aware that a few radio-collared northern wolves have wandered as far south as Missouri in the past decade.

Wolves resemble coyotes, except they are much larger. From a distance, the size difference is difficult to determine.

Troyer convinced Kevin Raymond, a wildlife biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, to look at the animal. Once Raymond saw the animal was twice the size of a coyote, he contacted furbearer biologist Laura Patton, who submitted samples to federal officials for DNA testing.

Because state and federal laws prohibit the possession, importation into Kentucky or hunting of gray wolves, federal officials took possession of the pelt. Since this is the first free-ranging gray wolf documented in Kentucky's modern history, federal or state charges are not expected because there were no prior biological expectations for any hunter to encounter a wolf.
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Re: Grey Wolves

Postby charlie elk » August 15th, 2013, 1:51 pm

Some will think this is good news, if that is the case, be careful what you wish for. In my humble opinion the wolf is an invasive species when it enters areas it has not been for a century or more. Does KY protect wolves?

Here in WI we've had them for a very long time, finally we are able to kill the trouble makers on private property. Cougars are migrating in here too and they too can be killed on private property if they are threatening humans or domestic animals.
This is farm country and sadly there is no room for these apex predators any longer.
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Re: Grey Wolves

Postby kygobbler » August 15th, 2013, 2:02 pm

charlie elk wrote:Does KY protect wolves?


Good question Charlie, I do not know if they do or not since wolves have not been here in a very long time. One problem I had with the story is that the federal officials took the pelt. If it was me I would have loved to keep it since it was the first wolf killed in "modern history". Im sure they gave the guy the option to keep the pelt and pay a fine or let them take it and no charges. :roll: :lol:
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