Friday, January 24, 2014
Grand Teton National Park Wolf Shooting Shrouded in Secrecy
"Wolf hunting is never legal in Grand Teton National Park, including inside privately owned inholdings," Grand Teton spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said.
Yet, the shooting death of a Grand Teton National Park wolf remains shrouded in secrecy. Wyoming Fish and Game spokesperson, Mark Gocke, said, "This falls under that state statute we have,” referring to a law that prohibits the release of information related to wolf hunting.
Since wolf hunting is never legal in Grand Teton National Park, this wolf was *not* killed as an act of "hunting." So why the secrecy? The Wolf Conservation Center believes citizens have the right to (1) know the name of the accused and (2) be assured the accused will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law if a crime occurred.