FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says federal officials have confirmed that a gray wolf was killed in Kentucky earlier this year.
The agency says wolves have been gone from Kentucky since the mid-1800s, so it's a mystery how the federally endangered animal ended up in Hart County near Munfordville in March.
Hart County resident James Troyer shot the animal while hunting for predators on his family's farm. Troyer said at first he thought he shot a coyote, but when he got a closer look, the animal looked more like a wolf.
Since wolves haven't been seen in the state in more than a century, biologists were skeptical but recent results from DNA testing proved the animal was a wolf.