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Man kills wolf out of self defense

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RATHDRUM, Idaho -

While hiking in the mountains in Rathdrum, Forrest Mize, says he had to make a split-second decision when he saw a large animal stalking his three labradors.

"They had gotten quite a bit in front of me and then I saw this big animal come out of the woods and it was crouched down," says Mize. "I had to act pretty quick so I hit it."

An amateur bird hunter, Mize surprised himself when he hit the wolf, killing it.

"I'm a terrible shot, so I got pretty lucky," says Mize.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says anytime someone kills an animal out of self defense you're urged to call and notify them of the incident.

"We can send crew out there and do some investigating," says Phil Cooper with Fish and Game. "We can look at tracks and see exactly what happened."

Mize didn't call Fish and Game, instead he tried to buy a hunting tag for the wolf that way he could keep the pelt.

"I've never seen one before, probably never will again," says Mize.

Instead of a tag, Fish and Game gave him a citation for having a wolf without a tag.

Mize says he understands the ticket and didn't mean to cause any trouble.He only wanted to keep the pelt and will find out how much the citation will cost him when he appears before a judge.

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