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Wyoming man pays fine for illegally shooting wolf

A Rock Springs man paid $1,290 in fines after authorities say he illegally shot a wolf in western Wyoming and attempted to conceal the animal from a game warden.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports 30-year-old Clinton Blake settled the poaching case with a Teton County court last month after he was cited for hunting during a closed season, failure to tag an animal and shooting from a roadway.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department warden Jon Stephens says he intercepted the man driving a pickup truck after he was tipped off about suspected poaching last month.

Stephens says the man admitted to the poaching after Stephens saw the dead wolf in a box in the truck.

The newspaper’s attempts to reach Blake for comment were unsuccessful.

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