$1000 fine and loss of hunting privileges for one year

Randy Strickland shot the wolf pup from a road near Tyndall Meadows last fall before the season had opened there.  There were many witnesses who reported him.

Eagle wolf poacher loses cash and hunting rights.
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Ken Cole

Ken Cole, Buffalo Field Campaign‘s Executive Director, is a 5th generation Idahoan, an avid fly fisherman, wildlife enthusiast, and photographer. He was formerly the Idaho Director for Western Watersheds Project.

12 Responses to Eagle wolf poacher loses cash and hunting rights

  1. avatar jon says:

    I wonder if this outcome would be the same if he had killed an elk.

    • avatar Save bears says:

      Jon,

      For a first time offender, I can say it probably would have been less..

    • avatar Mike says:

      Remember Jon, this guy isn’t a “hunter”. When you poach, a magical gnome removes the Hunter Moniker from your shirt and labels you a poacher. People who own hunting licenses never poach, ever.

    • avatar mikarooni says:

      My father hunted all his life; but, even he used to say that every poacher was a hunter before he got caught.

    • avatar Save bears says:

      Nobody has ever said, hunters don’t poach, but once they are caught poaching, they are no longer a hunter, they are criminal and should be punished as such.

  2. avatar william huard says:

    This was the guy that a number of hunters said was an ethical hunter who would not shoot a wolf from the road. Those darn witnesses- you have to be careful before you shoot a wolf for no reason. Where was the I was in fear of my life defense?

    • avatar John d. says:

      “It’s commin’ right for us!”

      But seriously,
      Glad this git got the book thrown at him. As for the one year suspension, that’s a slap on the wrist.

    • avatar jon says:

      You mark my words, “ethical” hunters who hate wolves will end up turning into poachers if wolves get relisted.

    • avatar Save bears says:

      Jon,

      No need to mark your words, I am sure your right, some of the ethical hunters will allow their emotion to overcome their common sense and will kill wolves illegally..

  3. avatar Mike says:

    Sad. He should lose his hunting license for life.

    Pathetic enforcement of the law here which will only encourage future hideous behavior.

  4. avatar Hilljack says:

    I really doubt this would encourage people that it is worth doing. If your an idiot that shoots things when the season is closed you would do it anyways. I hunt for a lot of reasons but would call myself a sportsman or an conservationist before using the term hunter which denotes a person hunting for the purpose of food.

  5. avatar JEFF E says:

    99% of this fine springs from a) shooting from a roadway; always illegal, and b) attempting to deceive F&G about where it was shot.
    the fact it was a wolf probably resulted in a time off for good behavior consideration.

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