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.READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Returns To Witness Stand, Again Denies Hiring Osundairo Brothers To Stage Attack; 'There Was No Hoax'
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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.READ MORE: Bookings For Airbnb 'Home Alone' House Opens Tuesday
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.MORE NEWS: You Can Give Holiday Greeting Cards To Residents At An Aurora Homeless Shelter
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