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Suspect cited in Gros Ventre wolf poaching

Wyoming Game and Fish personnel used a tip from a sportsman to hunt down a suspect who appeared to be pursuing a wolf in a closed area. The person said he noticed the suspicious activity in the upper Gros Ventre drainage northeast of Jackson.

North Jackson Game Warden Jon Stephens located the suspect vehicle several hours later. The driver said he was varmint hunting in the area. Two red foxes were found in the back of his truck, but Stephens noticed additional blood markings around the truck bed.

Stephens asked to look through several boxes in the back of the truck and discovered a recently killed wolf stuffed in the bottom of one of them.

When asked what was in the bottom of the box, the individual responded “You got me, I shot a wolf in the closed area.” The individual stated they had planned to wait a day then try checking it in, saying it was taken in a different area.

The dead animal was seized. The suspect received several citations including taking a wolf in a closed area, failure to tag the animal, and shooting from a public roadway.

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