RATHDRUM, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho man who says he shot a wolf that appeared to be crouched down as if to attack his three dogs has been cited for possessing an untagged wolf.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports in a story on Tuesday that officials also seized the wolf pelt from 53-year-old Forrest Mize of Rathdrum.

Mize says that on Dec. 30 he was hiking with his three female Labradors on Rathdrum Mountain when he shot the wolf with a .22-caliber weapon he carries for protection.

Idaho Fish and Game officials are investigating.

Officials say that even if a wolf shooting is ruled to be defensive the person isn't allowed to afterward go buy a tag to keep the pelt.

Possessing a wolf pelt without a tag is a misdemeanor.

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Information from: Coeur d'Alene Press, http://www.cdapress.com