Louisiana couple cited for possessing wolf after animal reportedly walked in front of elementary school

Louisiana couple cited for possessing wolf after animal reportedly walked in front of elementary school
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service file photo of a gray wolf (Canis lupus). (Source: Kramer, Gary, USFWS)

LAFAYETTE PARISH, La. (WAFB) - A Lafayette couple has been cited by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for allegedly possessing a grey wolf, authorities say.

LDWF agents say they cited Andrew P. Hill, 47, and Jill M. Kraemer, 49, for illegal possession of a grey wolf on April 16 after receiving a complaint of “a large wolf-like animal” being walked in front of an elementary school in Lafayette.

It is illegal to possess a grey wolf in Louisiana.

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The complainant also told LDWF agents they were worried about the safety of the school children and claimed the wolf had attacked a neighborhood resident.

Agents say they investigated the complaint and found Hill and Kramer to be in possession of what appeared to be a grey wolf. After obtaining a genetic sample through a search warrant, investigators say DNA testing later confirmed the animal was indeed a grey wolf (Canis lupus).

A Lafayette judge has ordered the wolf to be boarded at a K-9 training facility until the case has been resolved.

Under Louisiana law, possessing a grey wolf brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

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