Wolf killings investigated
Four members of one family are under investigation for killing adult and pup gray wolves in Washington State. Only 1 wild pack of the species remains.
Image: USDA Forest Service and Conservation Northwest
Washington State has only 1 wild gray wolf pack. A prominenty family is under federal and state investigation for the killing of an adult and pup. Killing a gray wolf is punishable by 1 year in prison and fines of up to US$100,000. Smuggling is punishable by fines and up to 10 years in prison.
Tom White admitted killing a wolf which he claims was caught in a fence. His wife Erin then attempted to ship the pelt to Canada.
Agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife served a search warrant at the homes of Tom and Erin White and Bill and Suellen White (Tom's parents).
The investigation began on Dec. 23, 2008, when an Omak police officer and a state wildlife agent responded to a complaint from the owner of an Omak FedEx shipping outlet that a package was leaking what appeared to be blood.
Posted by: admin on 01st Apr 2009 06:49 PM
Updated by: admin on 01st Apr 2009 08:21 PM
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