A Rathdrum man who shot and killed a wolf at the end of last year and ticketed for it is leaving it up to a jury to decide if he's guilty or not. Forrest Mize, 53 went to a pre-trial conference on Tuesday and said he passed up a plea deal offered by the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office.
?I don't say I'm guilty when I'm not,? Mize said.
The retired U.S. Navy lieutenant commander was cited with unlawful possession of an untagged animal at the beginning of the month. Mize was on one of his daily walks on his property on Rathdrum Mountain with his three dogs when he came across an animal crouching in the woods. Because there's been mountain lions in the area, Mize said he carries a rifle around whenever he's outside. Mize said the dogs were about 100 feet in front of him and notice the animal in the woods. Mize said it looked like the animal was getting ready to make a move, so he didn't take any chances and shot and killed it right there.