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ID Hunter cited for wolf poaching

SW Idaho man cited for wolf poaching

September 9, 2009

BOISE, Idaho -- An Idaho man was cited for wolf poaching after killing a female pup from a public road while standing behind his pickup truck in an area where wolf hunting wasn't legal.

The Eagle resident, whose name wasn't released, was cited Tuesday after shooting the young wolf Sunday evening in the McCall-Wieser wolf zone. It doesn't open to hunting until Oct. 1. In addition, it's illegal to hunt from a public road.

The man called the Department of Fish and Game's 24-hour hotline to report the kill, maintaining it was shot in the Sawtooth zone where hunting began Sept. 1. He said he later realized it was in the McCall-Weiser zone after seeing a map.

The kill will be subtracted from the McCall-Weiser zone's hunt quota, reducing the total that can be shot legally here to 14.

His rifle, camera and wolf tag were seized, along with the pup's hide and skull. An investigation continues and no charges have been filed with the state courts.

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