North Idaho

Jury convicts man who shot wolf without required tags

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A northern Idaho man who shot and killed a wolf will spend six months on unsupervised probation.

Forrest Mize, 54, was convicted by a jury Thursday and can petition to remove the crime from his record if he completes his probation without violations.

Mize says he shot the wolf in self-defense. He later decided to keep the pelt, bringing it to a taxidermist and buying a tag. Defense lawyer Michael Palmer says Mizer thought he was killing a coyote.

Kootenai County Deputy Prosecutor Tony Clinger argued in court that the case came down to the fact that Mize didn't have the required tag before he shot the wolf.


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