Twisp WA man pleads guilty in wolf killing case

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A Twisp man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill a protected gray wolf in north-central Washington and send its pelt to a friend in Canada in exchange for a moose killed there.

William D. White pleaded guilty Wednesday in Spokane to three federal charges, including conspiracy to take and transport an endangered species.

The Spokesman-Review reports that charges against the 62-year-old man's son and daughter-in-law are still pending.

The case stemmed from a 2008 report of a suspicious package that appeared to be leaking blood and had been left with a private shipping company in Omak. The package was addressed to a resident in Alberta, Canada.

Police discovered the package contained a fresh wolf hide.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com