James was however able to persuade Kevin Raymond, a wildlife biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, to at least look at the animal. Once Kevin saw the 73-pound canine, he contacted furbearer biologist Laura Patton, who submitted samples to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Wildlife Research Center in Colorado for DNA testing. Tests confirmed that the animal was a gray wolf. Although the animals are protected, charges aren't expected to be filed against James for shooting the animal as no wolf has been documented in the state since the mid-1800s. The pelt has been confiscated by the government.