DNA testing determined that an animal shot north of Woonsocket was a wolf from the Great Lakes Region.
The Department of Game, Fish and Parks said a hunter mistook it for a coyote and killed the 90-pound male on Dec. 18.
Wolves are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Officials said the hunter will not be charged.
The shooting came nearly a year after a female wolf was shot in northeastern South Dakota by a coyote hunter.
"Conservation officials will not charge the hunter who shot the wolf will not receive a citation since he misidentified the animal as a coyote.
Hunters pursuing coyotes in eastern South Dakota are reminded that wolves are listed as "endangered" under the Federal Endangered Species Act. The endangered species designation makes it illegal for a hunter to kill or possess such species."
Excuse me but aren't these two paragraphs a bit of an contradiction? If you really want hunters to stop killing Wolves which are "endangered" in the Dakotas then the first hunter should have been charged, no?