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Man pleads guilty to having a wolf

November 10, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Franklin County man has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a Canadian timber wolf, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Glenn William Haines, 56, address unavailable, of Greene Township, was charged with the unlawful importation, sale and release of certain wildlife and unlawful possession of exotic wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Officer Barry Leonard said Tuesday. Haines pleaded guilty to the charges Thursday before District Justice Larry Meminger and was fined $400, Leonard said.

State Dog Warden Georgia Martin said she received a report of a loose dog in late September and went to investigate.

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"I got out there and, yes, it was a wolf," she said. The wolf was chained to a doghouse, Martin said.

After discovering the wolf, Martin said she turned the investigation over to the game commission.

It was Oct. 8 when she, Leonard and Carol Dague, a humane society police officer, confiscated the wolf from Haines, Martin said. The wolf was taken to a licensed menagerie in another part of the state, according to the game commission.

"The animal is doing really well. It's in a really good place," Martin said.

In a game commission news release, Leonard said there were a number of children living in neighborhood where Haines kept the wolf.

Pennsylvania law requires a permit and veterinarian certificate to import exotic animals, according to the game commission. Owners must be able to document that they have at least two years of experience working with the species and adequate housing for the animal must be approved before a possession permit is issued, according to the commission.

For a single wolf, the state requires a minimum cage size of 15 feet in length, 8 feet wide and 6 feet high with a secluded den area, according to the game commission.

Anyone with information about exotic wildlife that might be illegally possessed or improperly caged can report it to the nearest regional game commission office, Leonard said in the news release. All information will be kept confidential, he said.

A Philadelphia man pleaded guilty earlier this year to possession of a wolf, the game commission said. Leonard said he has had few exotic animal reports in this area.

"They tend to be more in the metropolitan areas for whatever reason," Leonard said of exotic wildlife reports.

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