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Idaho resident convicted of wolf poaching is fined and banned from hunting

June 8, 2010 |  1:55 pm

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An Idaho resident cited for illegally killing a wolf and hunting from a public road has been convicted on both charges and has been banned from hunting for one year and fined more than $1,000.

The Associated Press reports that Randy Strickland of Eagle, Idaho, was also sentenced to six months in jail, though the judge suspended five months 28 days of that sentence and instead ordered him to perform 40 hours of community service.

The incident, previously reported on Outposts, took place in September 2009, when the then-unidentified Strickland was witnessed shooting a young female wolf while standing in the road behind his truck. That type of hunting is illegal.

Strickland phoned Idaho Fish and Game to report his kill, saying the animal was taken in the Sawtooth zone, where hunting season opened Sept. 1.

When checking the wolf in with the Fish and Game office in Nampa, the hunter said that after studying a map he realized he was actually in the McCall-Weiser zone, where the season didn't begin until Oct. 1.

Fish and Game officers issued citations for shooting a wolf in a closed season and for shooting from a public road. They also confiscated the wolf hide and skull as well as Strickland's rifle, camera and wolf tag.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Gray wolf. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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