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Oregon Hunter Who Shot Collared Gray Wolf Pleads Guilty

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The hunter who shot a collared gray wolf last year in Oregon pleaded guilty in court. 

Tim Colahan of Baker City, Oklahoma has pleaded guilty for taking an endangered species after shooting a collared gray wolf last fall.

Colahan was fined $1,000 and had to pay an additional $1,000 in restitution to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. He was also ordered to surrender the rifle used to shoot the animal.

An additional charge of hunting with a centerfire rifle without a big game tag was dropped during plea bargaining.

In October 2015, Colahan shot a male gray wolf while out coyote hunting. After the incident, he turned himself into wildlife officials and directed them to the location of the body.

The radio collar identified the wolf as OR-22, a member of the Umatilla River pack that had recently moved into the area. Gray wolves are listed as endangered and are currently beginning to reach stable populations.

Purposely killing of wolves in Oregon can carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail and up to a $6, 250 fine.

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