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Moments in Kentucky
Legislative History

7. Wolf Killing (1810)

On January 26, 1810, the General Assembly empowered county courts to provide "by levy, compensation of such persons as have destroyed Wolves therein" should they determine that "the interest of the county requires it." The compensation was one dollar for wolves younger than six months and a dollar and a half for wolves older than six months. Claimants were required to swear that they had indeed killed the wolves in the county and that they had not "wittingly or willingly spared in the county the life of any bitch wolf . . . with a design of increasing the breed."

A list of Claims against Nicholas County for 1801.

"A list of Claims against Nicholas County for 1801" includes payments in shillings to seven people for wolf scalps. Kentucky Historical Society Collections.

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