BASSETT, Neb. -- A rare sighting in Nebraska: a gray wolf, shot and killed for only the second time in state history. 

A rancher was checking on his livestock this winter when he found three calves killed by what he assumed was a coyote. He shot the predator.

This week, we learned through a confirmed DNA test, it was a gray wolf. 

The sighting of a gray wolf in Bassett, Nebraska is only the second time the species has been confirmed in the state in at least the last twenty years. Does this mean a family of wolves could be in the state?

Sam Wilson with Nebraska Game and Parks says no.  

"We can expect that, from time to time, a wolf will disperse from [Yellowstone or Minnesota] to Nebraska," Wilson, a mountain Lion and furbearer specialist, said. 

The reason there are no wolves in Nebraska is that the native species were wiped out by settlers here. 

Because there are none left, Wilson said there are no conservation or captive wolves in the state, nor efforts to protect them here at this time. 

So while it is special for a wolf to make it to the state- he says, it's still more likely you'll spot a coyote or dog.