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


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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"Hunting"........the killing of beauty by those ignorant of it.

The problem with these miscreants is a lack of respect for living things.

TLM, there are a number of wildlife advocates with wolves in their "backyard" and many more who are working to allow wolves to return to "their turf." Wolves are currently roaming only a sliver of their former range, so of course they are going to only be in a sliver of range occupied by their human allies. It must begin somewhere. I've always been disgusted with those who made such dire and ignorant choices for us future generations. They left us with mangled, fragmented wildlands.

Randy Strickland is a criminal. He got a slap on the wrist. Poachers should have their hunting licenses revoked for life. Recently a poacher in New Mexico was ordered to pay $10,000 for killing a "trophy" mule deer. Yet a population of wolves that was just taken off the Endangered Species list, with less than 800 animals in the entire state, is often treated with far less regard giving criminals much less of a reason to even think twice. They value their wildlife so much in Kenya that poachers are shot on sight.

If we mean to discourage poaching the law must be adjusted to send a clear message.

"An Idaho Big Game Hunt" Unfortunately this type of behavior happens more often then you would think. The irrational hatred stacked up against these animals is incredible. I for one am glad that somehow someone had the courage to turn in this criminal. I too live with wolves. The differences is I am proactive and observe nature and the telltale signs that wolves and other welcome predators are in the area we share. Had a lion here several weeks ago. She made a ungulate kill and hid it within 150 yards of my ranch. I pulled my animals closer to my home, belled several animals, left a light on and slept with the window open listening for bells and dogs barking. So, TLM you cant live on the threshold of wilderness or backcountry and not expect wildlife to visit the land you share with them. They were here first. Not sure what the Phantom issue is but you need to grind your ax with them. On a side not …Yellowstone National Park Wolves add on an average 35 million dollars to the tri states annually. So, Things take time to develop. The wolves that I observe are indeed nervous, shy and terrified of people. To the extent that they will urinate on themselves when direct confrontation happens. TLM, Your statement that you are not ‘Anti Wolf" is disingenuous at the least. Its easy to spout off when you dont have the courage or integrity to sign your name to your convictions. Dont be to upset when Molloy hears oral arguments next Tuesday (15June10) and relist the wolves to the ESA protection. I will be there hope to see you!

I'm glad to see a balanced story written about this incident. The man did turn himself in. Shooting from a road is stupid and deserves punishment.

Perhaps wolves need to be put into the previous poster's back yard. I would really like to find out how well pro-wolf folks would get along with wolves living on their turf. They are sure vocal about having wolves in OTHER people's back yards...

By the way - where are these phantom "wolf tourists" we keep hearing about? The ones that are supposedly bringing million$ to our economy? Or is that just more false propaganda?

Wolves are not afraid of people when they become habituated - and wolves living around rural towns ARE habituated. We and several people we know have been "prey tested" - and I know many others who have lost pets to wolves.

We are not anti-wolf, we are pro-management. Wolves belong in the wilderness - not in our towns.

What a pathetic excuse for a human being. Of course, all hunters are. How sad that they gain pleasure from killing innocent, defenseless, sentient beings.

Hunting will be a SPORT when the animal can shoot back: http://www.cafepress.com/saproducts/227981


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