Boastful gray wolf poacher to spend time in U.S. prison.

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Boastful gray wolf poacher to spend time in U.S. prison.

By CLAIR JOHNSON, Of The Billings Gazette Staff.

A Utah man who poached a federally protected gray wolf in Idaho last year will spend eight months in prison as part of his sentence.

An analysis of the wolf’s DNA suggests that the pure-bred animal may have been part of a pack that originated in Montana, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.

In addition to incarceration, U.S. Magistrate Ronald Boyce in Salt Lake City Tuesday ordered the defendant, Troy James Glauser, 35, of Roy, Utah, to pay a $500 fine and sentenced him to one year of supervised release. Glauser is prohibited from hunting during his probation.

FWS Special Agent John Neal said Glauser shot the wolf while spring bear hunting with his brother near McCall, Idaho, in 2000. The wolf was a black male and had no collar.

Glauser and his brother were driving along in a pickup when they spotted a wolf on a steep hillside by the road.

“Troy yelled at his brother, ‘Stop! Stop! It’s a wolf!,” Neal said. The brother stopped. Glauser jumped out, grabbed a rifle out of the back seat of the truck and with one shot, killed the wolf, he said. The wolf rolled down the hillside and landed in the road.

Glauser told his brother to continue driving because he knew a game warden was in the area and to pick him up in a half hour. Neal said Glauser dragged the carcass to a ravine and skinned it out, taking its head and hide. Glauser rolled up the head and hide in a pair of coveralls and stuffed it in a tool box in the back of the truck. The brothers continued bear hunting.

FWS began investigating in June 2000 when Glauser returned to Utah. The agency received information that Glauser had a wolf skull and hide in his pickup truck at a construction site near Morgan, Utah and was showing it to co-workers.

“He showed it to some people who didn’t think it was such a neat thing to poach a wolf,” Neal said.

The investigation led to a search of Glauser’s residence, where the wolf hide and skull were recovered. Glauser was charged in March 2001 with violating the Lacey Act, a federal law against selling, buying or transporting poached wildlife out of state. He pleaded guilty to illegally shooting and transporting a gray wolf, which is a threatened species protected by the Endangered Species Act.

Neal said Glauser cooperated with authorities.

“He told us there’s just something that comes over him when he sees an animal like that. He can’t control himself. He has to kill it,” Neal said. “Hopefully he’ll get over that.”

FWS’s Regional Director Ralph Morgenweck, of Lakewood, Colo., said, “We are committed to tracking down people who deliberately destroy wolves. We are unified with the Department of Justice and the courts in holding offenders accountable for such egregious acts, as evidenced by the example of this sentence.”

FWS in 1995 and 1996 reintroduced 66 gray wolves from Canada into Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho as part of an experimental population to help recover the species in the Rocky Mountains. Wolves began migrating naturally from Canada into Montana more than a decade ago.
 

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Kill anybody you want in this country and you might get away with it (ask OJ), but kill any protected wildlife and you will spend time in jail.  
 

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Hopefully the "Big Man" in the joint will make him his "girlfriend". Maybe he'll think twice about shooting a wolf next time.  Z
 

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