Wolf Killer Fined
A dear friend of Wolf Howl Animal Preserve, Julie Wesson, writes in to share a story she read in the newspaper. Julie and her husband, Awad, do their part for the ecosystem by feeding the birds that come to their little haven in Wilton, Wisconsin. Julie replenishes the earth with new plants from the greenhouse that Awad constructed for her. Julie is gifted with a green thumb.
This is article two of two submitted by Ms. Wesson, she quotes:
A Tomah man, Clinton Meacham, has been sentenced to pay fines, penalty assessments and court costs totally $1,114 for illegally killing a timber wolf while hunting in Jackson County during the 2003 gun deer season.
Meacham was ordered to pay the fine and assessments in Jackson County Circuit Court. His hunting and fishing privileges were revoked for one year and the court confiscated the rifle he used in the violation.
The dead wolf was discovered on Nov. 24, 2003. Black River Falls State Park Ranger Terry Boone and Department of Natural Resources wildlife staff from the Sandhill Experimental Wildlife Area, Babcock, assisted Conservation Wardens in recovering the wolf.
Conservation Warden Mark Little of Tomah initiated an investigation and was assisted by other state Conservation Wardens and special agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Grey Wolf is currently listed as a federally Threatened Species. At the time of the shooting, it was also listed on the Wisconsin Endangered Species List as a Threatened Species.
The state Natural Resources Board took action to remove the wolf from the Endangered Species List and categorize it as a protected non-game species. State protection for the wolf as a protected non-game species will result in a person facing state penalties of up to slightly more than $2,000 for killing a wolf.
The wolf remains as a federally threatened species. Killing a wolf can result in a federal penalty of up to six months in jail or a $25,000 or both.
Thank you Julie and Awad for doing more than your share in conservation efforts. Wolf Howl applauds you.