Charges filed in wolf poaching case



SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted three Twisp-area residents following an investigation into the killing of endangered gray wolves in north-central Washington.

Tom White of Twisp has been charged with unlawfully taking an endangered species. His father, William D. White, is charged with conspiring to unlawfully take an endangered species and making a false statement. Tom White’s wife, Erin White, faces charges of false labeling of wildlife for export.

All three also face smuggling and unlawful export charges.

According to the indictment, Tom White killed two wolves in 2008. It also says his father told a Canadian tanner that he had a “really big coyote” skin for processing and that his wife used a false name to try to ship the package.

A suspicious Fed-Ex worker in Omak alerted authorities.