ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A man who killed a gray wolf while big-game hunting in the Pasayten Wilderness told Washington Fish and Wildlife police he felt threatened by the predator and acted in self defense, according to a report in the Methow Valley News.
Wolves are federally protected under the endangered species in the western two-thirds of Washington, so federal authorities were called in and few details have been released as the investigation continues.
The hunter called state officers on Sept. 20 to report shooting the adult female wolf, which is protected under federal law as an endangered species. Wolves east of that region through Idaho, Montana and Wyoming are de-listed from federal protection and managed by the states.
In the eastern third of Washington, they are protected by state endangered species rules.