Prosecute Murderer of Endangered Gray Wolf

Gray Wolf in Snow

Target: Mike Styler, Executive Director of Utah Department of Natural Resources

Goal: Press charges against the man who shot and killed Echo, a nationally known and protected gray wolf

A gray wolf was shot and killed by a hunter who thought he was shooting at a coyote. They believe that the wolf may have been Echo, who made news headlines when she became the first of her species to enter the area of the Grand Canyon in 70 years. This young female became the face of the slow and fragile recovery of the gray wolf, which was nearly wiped out after extensive hunting encouraged by widespread stigma.

Gray wolves are of course protected against hunting in the U.S. under the Endangered Species Act, however in Utah, where the incident occurred, it’s legal to shoot coyotes on sight. Due to similarities between wolves and coyotes, they are often be mistaken for one another. However, due to the fragile state of the species, careless killings like this cannot be brushed aside. If hunters must be allowed to shoot coyotes, they need to know that mistaking a gray wolf for a coyote and killing it will carry dire consequences. That way, it will be less likely to happen again.

Sign our petition to urge Utah authorities to charge the man who killed this gray wolf and prosecute him to the full extent of the law. The state of Utah needs to send a strong message to all hunters that even accidental shooting of gray wolves will not be tolerated, so they need to be absolutely sure of their targets. Unless we enforce protection of gray wolves, they could easily fall into serious trouble again.


Dear Director Styler,

Recently, a young female gray wolf was shot and killed by a hunter on Utah lands. This wolf may have been Echo, who is nationally known for being the first of her species sighted in the area of the Grand Canyon after 70 years. Unfortunately, she may now be dead before her time because shooting coyotes on sight is legal in your state, and a hunter mistook her for a coyote.

As you know, gray wolves are protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. They’ve only recently been able to recover due to strict protections. Even if the hunter only shot the wolf by mistake because he thought she was a coyote, it’s important that he face serious consequences for his actions. This will send a message that any hunter needs to be absolutely sure that the animal he’s shooting is not a protected species, and no excuses will be accepted.

Please make sure to punish this hunter to the full extent of the law for the death of this gray wolf. The state of this species is fragile to the point that if we’re not careful, they could find themselves at serious risk of extinction once again. All hunters in gray wolf territory needs to know how important it is to avoid killing any of these animals, and strict enforcement of the law is a huge part of that.


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Photo credit: Brooks Tracy via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. They should not be hunting and murdering coyotes either.

  2. paula eaton says:

    No lame excuses should be taken by this wildlife hater.

  3. Stan Benton says:

    I do feel badly for this perpetrator, if he did, indeed, believe he was murdering a different type of animal legally. However, he should not be so thrilled with an opportunity to murder that he doesn’t check carefully to discover just what he is murdering. Or better yet, just stop murdering any animals, tame or wild. Since he turned himself in voluntarily, instead of just leaving the murdered wolf there in the wild, some lenience may be warranted, but a message should be sent, with at least a large fine, or even a bit of jail time if that is allowed by the pertinent law.

  4. Rubens Jean-Louis says:


  5. Vincent M Rice says:

    Leaving legal but inhumane traps for killing coyotes, and not checking them for some times weeks, is totally disgusting.
    Other animals get caught, including pet dogs when out for a run while with their owners.
    Criminal and totally disgusting behavior by so called intelligent people.

  6. The horrific slaughter of coyotes is bad enough, but when an idiotic cruel hunter kills an endangered animal, his punishment should be especially severe. This man knew, exactly, what he was doing. There is no way a wolf with a collar can be mistaken for a coyote, if only for obvious size difference. All hunters are worthless and sickening, unless they are starving, which is rare. There is no excuse for not knowing exactly what you are killing! A good many of these creeps are sadists and enjoy the thrill of murder!

  7. caryl sawyer says:

    He knew it was a wolf, but since it wasn’t a Mormon wolf, it was fair game.

  8. Ria Fisher says:

    Punishment for this “mistake” should be made very visible to the public so that no one else repeats this “mistake” ever again. I find it very difficult to understand how in the world one could not see the size difference between a coyote and a wolf! It’s very sad that this beautiful animal lost her life because someone shot before they really knew what they were shooting at… and that in itself is a scary statement. This man should not ever be granted a hunting license again in my opinion… no one should kill a living being and then say oops!–I shot the wrong thing. Really? Such a person shouldn’t own a gun––PERIOD. Regardless of his excuse… the wolf is dead and he’s at fault! Please let’s make an example of him so others won’t make the same “mistake”!

  9. So, it would have been alright if he had shot a coyote? This JACKASS shouldn’t have been shooting at any animal. How ’bout we let Dick Cheney take this guy on a hunting expedition. With any luck, the two will shoot each other.


  11. Let’s stone the hunter after we find the fetal matter that hired him to do it and make the fetal matter watch as we stone the hunter to death. That way whoever paid him will know they are possibly next. Aw, sad face,….not.

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