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December 5, 2001
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Undercover Case Leads to Eight Months in Prison for Gray Wolf Poacher

 After pleading guilty to illegally shooting and transporting a gray wolf (Canis lupus), a threatened species protected by the Endangered Species Act, a 35-year-old man from Roy, Utah, was sentenced yesterday to eight months imprisonment, a $500 fine, and one year supervised release with the condition of no hunting during that time.

Troy James Glauser killed the wolf while on a spring bear hunt near McCall, Idaho, in 2000, then brought the wolf hide and skull back to Utah, in violation of federal law. DNA analysis suggests that the pure-bred wolf, which was black in color and wore no collar, may have been part of a pack originating in Montana.

U.S. Fish and Service Law Enforcement in Utah opened its undercover investigation into the case after receiving information in June, 2000, that Glauser had the wolf skull and hide in his pickup truck at a construction site near the small town of Morgan, Utah, and was showing the wolf parts to co-workers. One of the co-workers agreed to cooperate with special agents as they collected enough evidence to support an indictment against Glauser.

In July, 2000, in cooperation with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, a federal search warrant was executed at Glauser’s residence and the wolf hide and skull were recovered. The Service’s National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Lab in Ashland, Oregon, assisted the investigation by conducting analysis of the evidence.

"We are committed to tracking down people who deliberately destroy wolves," said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Regional Director Ralph Morgenweck, "We are unified with the Department of Justice and the courts in holding offenders accountable for such egregious acts, as evidenced by the example of this sentence."

Glauser was charged in federal District Court in Salt Lake City last March with violating the Lacey Act. He was sentenced before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Boyce in Salt Lake City.

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