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In brief: Missing man found dead in his car

Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies found a missing Hayden man dead inside his vehicle after an apparent car crash.

A woman reported her fiance missing from the 23000 block of East Hayden Lake Road about 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The woman told authorities her fiance, 61-year-old Thomas McLennon, hadn’t come home from work. It is unknown how long he had been missing, but it was possibly since Monday night, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies retraced his usual route from his workplace to his house and found his Jeep Commander about half a mile from East Hayden Lake Road on his long, winding driveway.

McLennon was found dead inside the Jeep. He apparently left the driveway and crashed into a hillside and some trees when the vehicle caught fire.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Traffic Investigation Team is investigating. The Sheriff’s Office said more details will be released once they are available.

Gray wolf killed on tribal land

A gray wolf has been killed on the Spokane Indian Reservation by a tribal member who was trapping other species, according to B.J. Kieffer, the tribe’s Natural Resources Department director.

“The incidental take occurred within the boundaries of the reservation and within the jurisdiction of the Spokane Tribe,” he said in a news release.

Wolves are protected by state endangered species rules outside the reservation.

The Spokane Tribe is still in the process of developing a wolf management plan for its 157,376-acre reservation and has no designated trapping or hunting seasons for wolves. The wolf was reported killed on Monday.

The Colville Confederated Tribes have formally opened a wolf hunting season for tribal members on their 1.4 million-acre reservation with a quota of nine wolves. No wolves have been reported killed in the hunt.


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