Northwest Illinois Men Charged With Shooting Gray Wolves

FREEPORT, Ill. (CBS) — Two men from northwestern Illinois are charged with misdemeanors, after shooting threatened gray wolves.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Hultman reports, the Freeport Journal-Standard says Jason Bourette and James Collachia each shot gray wolves last year. Gray wolves are a threatened species under Illinois law.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Hultman reports

Bourette, of Hanover, Ill., allegedly shot a wolf on Feb. 23 of last year, and was charged in December. Collachia, of Fulton, Ill., allegedly shot a wolf on Nov. 19 of last year, and was charged in January, the Journal-Standard reported.

Jo Daviess County State’s Attorney Terry Kurt says the men each charged with unlawful taking of an Illinois threatened species, the newspaper reported.

The Class A misdemeanor includes a maximum punishment of 364 days in jail and a $2,500 dollar fine.

There are certain exceptions to the law against shooting gray wolves, such as cases in which someone is using “reasonable force” to defend his or her property, but that exception did not apply in these two cases, Kurt told the Journal-Register.

There is comment as yet from the men who are charged.

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  • InalienableWrights

    These 2 should get a medal. I don’t want wolves killing my cattle or my children.
    Scre-w the fake. bought off enviromental movement that should be concerned about things such as fluor-ide in the water.

    • THEE Yard Ape

      @inalienable – when the fuk was the last time you heard about a wolf attacking a human, especially in IL ?? We all know there are alot of cattle ranchers around these parts also. Go buy another roll of aluminum foil and keep making hats you moron!!!

      • THEE Yard Ape

        I have spent time in Montana & Wyoming also !!! WE ARE IN ILLINOIS YOU SILLY FUKER!!!

      • InalienableWrights

        I have spent time in Montana and I know what these animals are capable of YA

      • InalienableWrights

        What is the tin foil reference? Is that supposed to make me look stupid because you can spell “tin foil” or what?

    • dumbazzes

      Someone should shoot you and take you out the game and give them a medal for it. Any senseless killing is stupid, especially an endangered animal you dumb prick. Just because your pssy they have a better sense of family than you will ever have. Your in their territory so if they eat your azz up it’s on you.

    • KH

      you’re an idiot

  • ra

    I think someone who hunt the both of u and put u out of our misery.

    • KH

      YES…definitely …cowards

  • JSC

    Throw the book at those wolf-killers!

    • KH

      BUT THATS THE PROBLEM……they WON’T get the book thrown at them, so they don’t care ! Our laws are too lenient for animal killers.

      • InalienableWrights

        While baby killers sit in church next to you….

  • ron

    kh, we need hunters to teach these guys a lesson they won’t forget.
    most hunters are okay, in their place.

  • non

    Why is it ok to abort tens of thousands of babies each year, yet if some animal is whacked. then people scream bloody murder?

    • One thing at a time

      You are trying to turn a matter of conservation into an abortion debate? Go volunteer your time at a homeless shelter or women’s health clinic and stop complaining about what women (who you dont care about, in fact) are doing with their own bodies.

    • InalienableWrights

      Because liberalism is a mental disorder. At least according to Dave Champion:,6

    • Dave

      Who kills tens of thousands of babies? I’ve never heard that before.

      • ButtTruck

        Well, Planned Parenthood for one… and that is actually 300K babies / year

  • lee

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.
    A corrupt DEA poisoned my dog to death because I called the San Francisco Attorney General’s office to complain that the FBI and DEA where fabricating evidence and stealing from me.

    • InalienableWrights

      You are preaching to choir. We just need to convince the dummies out there that all of these unconstitutional thug organizations need to be closed down for good.

      • Peace-N-Love

        Incompetent Wrights, I can understand your feeling on killing the wolves to protect your cattle and children. Besides, how can you possibly live without your wife and your banjo-playing-children that lost the role in Deliverance because they wouldn’t stop playing?

      • InalienableWrights

        What and educated well thought out response…..

  • juju

    Since when do they allow cowboys on this post?

  • juju

    Better watch out for the Deer who attempt to carjack innocent drivers. Not to mention the wolves who hold people up at gunpoint. Some of the writing here is really awful.

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