A Kalispell man who shot a wolf while hunting in 2008 and reported it to authorities was fined $3,000 and put on probation for two years on Wednesday for violating the Endangered Species Act.
An autopsy, though, showed that the bullet didn’t enter through the chest, but through the animal’s back left side. While Patton maintains he shot as the animal was coming forward, officials believed otherwise and sought the maximum fine of $10,000.
But he added that there are two sides to the coin.
“If I rob a bank but turn myself in, can I go home for lunch? I don’t think so,” Bangs said. “But when is it not encouraging people to report a legitimate accident?”
“The biggest cause of wolf deaths are agency control” of wolves that prey on livestock, Bangs said. “The second is illegal killing. So I think someone who legitimately felt they were being attacked by a wolf, shot it and turned themselves in, rarely, rarely happens.”
I think there is something to be said about a man that reacts honestly and stepped up to what he did. That has a "chiling" effect on me.