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Arizona man sentenced in killing of Mexican gray wolf

TUCSON – Federal authorities said a man has pleaded guilty to killing a Mexican gray wolf in northern Arizona.

Prosecutors said Jason William Kunkel was sentenced to five years of unsupervised probation in connection with the December, 2017 killing.

According to authorities, Kunkel admitted that he shot and killed a wild-born, female Mexican wolf in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

As part of his sentence, Kunkel is also forbidden from hunting, and banned from National Forests in Arizona, with the exception of travel.

He must also pay $7,500 and surrender his rifle to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Kunkel’s co-defendant, Donald Justin Davis, has a court appearance set for next month in Flagstaff.

 

Paul Birmingham

Paul Birmingham is an Investigative Producer for KVOA News 4 Tucson. He is a three time Edward R. Murrow award winner, native Tucsonan, and a proud Arizona Wildcat.

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