By Kelly Burgess
An Eagle, Idaho, resident has been cited for illegally killing a wolf and for hunting from a public road, which is also unlawful.
The unidentified hunter was witnessed shooting a young female wolf on Sunday while standing behind his truck.
The hunter phoned Idaho Fish and Game to report his kill, saying that the animal was taken in the Sawtooth zone, where hunting season opened Sept. 1.
When checking the wolf in at the Fish and Game office in Nampa, the hunter said that after studying a map he realized he was actually in the McCall-Weiser zone, where the season doesn't begin until Oct. 1. The kill will be deducted from this zone's wolf hunting quota of 15.
Fish and Game officers issued citations for shooting a wolf in a closed season and for shooting from a public road. They also confiscated the wolf hide and skull as well as the man's rifle, camera and wolf tag.
The investigation is ongoing, and charges have not yet been filed with the court. No word on what penalties the hunter will face if guilty of these charges, should they be filed.