The illegal killing of a wolf in northeastern South Dakota
brings a reminder from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the
Game, Fish and Parks Department that wolves are protected by
federal and state law.
On January 25, 2009, a Wolf was shot and killed by a coyote
hunter in Roberts County. The wolf was a female and weighed
approximately 70 pounds. The female wolf was traveling with a
second and larger animal which is also likely a wolf. In addition
to that wolf, an individual reported seeing two more animals which
are also likely wolves in the area later that same day.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the South Dakota Game
Fish and Parks Department want to remind individuals that wolves
are protected under the Endangered Species Act and state law, and
it is illegal to kill them.
Individuals planning on hunting coyotes in north-eastern South
Dakota, particularly in Northern Roberts County, must use extreme
caution before shooting any coyotes to ensure that the animal is
definitely a coyote and not a wolf.
Anyone seeing the illegal taking of a wolf may contact Special
Agent Ken Dulik, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 605/885-6403 or
the GFP TIPs Hotline at 1-888 OVERBAG. Individuals in the Roberts
County area may also contact Conservation Officer Dean Shultz at