Forest Mize with his wolf kill.
A North Idaho man says he was protecting his three dogs when he killed a wolf on his property Dec. 30, 2014, but the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has cited the Rathdrum man for unlawful possession of an untagged animal.
that Forest Mize says he was on his daily walk on Rathdrum Mountain when he spotted an animal "crouching in the woods." He told KXLY-TV that he usually carries a rifle on his walk because of mountain lions in the area. But this time, it was 100-pound wolf in his crosshairs.
"I couldn't come home if I didn't come home with my three dogs,” Mize told KXLY-TV. “The wife would kill me."
Mize said that he hoped to hang the wolf in his house, but he didn't have a tag, allowing a taxidermist to handle the animal. When Mize did apply for a tag, he said the purchase must "have raised a red fag to Fish and Game officers," according to KXLY-TV. And indeed he received a citation for the kill, which carries a maximum penalty of $1,000, up to six months in jail and/or having a hunting/fishing license revoked for up to three years.