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PULLMAN, Wash (AP) — A Whitman County man who shot a gray wolf last fall told investigators the animal did not pose an imminent threat to humans or livestock.
That's according to a report released by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife after a public records request by the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.
Officers investigating the October shooting say Jonathan M. Rasmussen and his wife did not indicate the wolf posed a threat at the time of the shooting south of Pullman.
Investigators say they found evidence of unlawful taking of wildlife, and recommended a misdemeanor charge be filed. No charges have been filed yet by the Whitman County Prosecutor's Office.
Under Washington law, it is illegal to shoot a wolf unless it is attacking livestock or people.
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