This next one is no joke because this Nebraska hunter is facing a real Heavy Fine! As I find these stories, I will post them for everyone to read.
So, here is a newspaper article from Nebraska:
[QUOTE]Published Thursday, March 27, 2003
Wolf shot near Spalding is Nebraska's first in 90 years
Last modified at 12:22 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2003
Staff and wire reports
SPALDING -- A gray wolf was shot near Spalding in the state's first confirmed wolf sighting in 90 years, state wildlife officials said Wednesday.
A coyote hunter shot the wolf Dec. 15 in a farm field near Spalding, about 55 miles straight north of Grand Island. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission said the 100-pound male canine, which was turned in by the hunter, was recently identified by federal officials as a pure gray wolf.
The animal was shot by people hunting coyotes near the Greeley and Boone County line, not far from Highway 91.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting a criminal investigation to determine the circumstances of the animal's death.
Gray wolves are a protected species under state and federal laws. The wolves recently were down-listed by federal authorities from an endangered species to a threatened species, which allows ranchers to kill wolves they catch attacking livestock.
Under the previous endangered species designation, killing a wolf carried a maximum $100,000 fine and a one-year jail sentence.
"If there was a wolf taken in Nebraska, it would be a violation of the Endangered Species Act," Mark Webb, a special law enforcement agent for the Fish and Wildlife Service, said in January.
The Fish and Wildlife Service has determined the animal originated from a population of wolves found in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin.
The last confirmed wolf sighting in Nebraska was in 1913, when a carcass was recovered near Oconto, said Richard Bischof, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's furbearer and nongame mammal program manager.
There were reported sightings of the animals in the state as late as 1920, but none were confirmed, Bischof said.
Gray wolves are native to Nebraska, but they were killed off in the early 1900s by the widespread use of poison, traps and shooting for fur harvest and population control. Their numbers in Nebraska started to dwindle years earlier as the state's bison population -- the wolves' main food source -- began to disappear.
Today, there are an estimated 300,000 captive wolves and wolf-dogs in the United States.
"We occasionally receive reports of possible wolves in Nebraska, but it is sometimes difficult to positively identify a wolf-like animal," Bischof said. "Wolves and domestic dogs are the same species and readily inter-breed, resulting in wolf-dog offspring."
Recent efforts to restore wolves to part of their former range in the United States may result in more wolves immigrating to Nebraska, Bischof said. Wolves have been reintroduced in states as close as Wyoming and Minnesota.
"The commission does not support the artificial release of wolves or wolf-dogs into the wild in Nebraska and has no wolf reintroduction plans," Bischof said.
Wolf reintroduction has become a hot political issue in the Midwest and West. Ranchers claim wolves prey on their livestock.
Environmental and wild-life officials want the wolf roaming areas it traditionally inhabited before extermination efforts and say wolves kill far fewer cattle and sheep than coyotes and even domestic dogs. [/QUOTE]The link to this web page article is here: Wolf shot near Spalding, Nebraska - Read all about it!
As said in the opening message to this topic, I am doing some more research on the Gray Wolf and where it is showing up throughout the U.S.A. If you would like to see more, check in at "HuntingPA.com" as listed above. This is real interesting stuff!
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