Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
Second Man Pleads Guilty in Arizona Wolf Killing Case

February 27, 2019

Contact(s):

Aislinn Maestas, 505/248-6599, aislinn_maestas@fws.gov


Mexican gray wolf. Credit: USFWS.

Mexican gray wolf. Credit: USFWS

Special Agent in Charge, Phillip Land, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement of the Southwest Region, announced today that Donald Justin Davis has pleaded guilty to an accessory after the fact to a violation of the Endangered Species Act, Class B misdemeanor for the unlawful take of a wild born, female Mexican gray wolf in December 2017. 

Davis entered his guilty plea on February 19, 2019, before United States Magistrate Judge Kline in Flagstaff, Arizona. Davis signed a plea agreement that was accepted by the court, and was sentenced to a term of two years of unsupervised probation.  During this probation period, Davis shall not engage in hunting activities and shall be banned from the National Forests of Arizona except for travel through said areas on federal, state, or local roadways. In addition to the conditions of his probation, Davis was ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“The illegal killing of a federally protected, endangered Mexican wolf is a serious crime,”

said Special Agent in Charge Phillip Land. “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is steadfast in our commitment to enforcing wildlife laws and seeking justice against criminals who violate them. We thank the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for their help in this case and for sending a message that these types of crimes will not be tolerated.”

Davis’s co-defendant, Jason William Kunkel, pleaded guilty to similar charges on November 15, 2018.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement investigated this case with help from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Bibles out of Flagstaff, AZ is prosecuting the case.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov. For more information on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Office of Law Enforcement, visit www.fws.gov/le/.

For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov/southwest/. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel and download photos from our Flickr page.


The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov/. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel and download photos from our Flickr page.