PHOENIX — A verdict has been rendered for one Peoria man involved in the killing of a Mexican gray wolf in December 2017.
On Nov. 16, an announcement came from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Office of Law Enforcement for the Southwest Region that Jason William Kunkel pled guilty to a Class B misdemeanor of the Endangered Species Act for the killing. Kunkel was subsequently sentenced to five years unsupervised probation, as well as, “. . . any hunting activities; (he) shall be banned from the National Forests of Arizona except for travel through those areas on federal, state or local highways; shall pay $7,500 restitution to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and shall forfeit a Remington Model 770, bolt action, rifle with scope to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” the service wrote in its press release.