For Robert Millage, killing the first wolf in Idaho's inaugural hunt was a dubious honor. In May 2009, the gray wolf was taken off the list of endangered species for the Northern Rocky Mountain region, and debates between hunting advocates and wolf sympathizers raged in the months leading up to the start of hunting on the first of September. Shortly after the sun rose that morning, Millage, a real estate agent from northern Idaho, shot the historic wolf. Within a few hours, he started getting angry calls — followed by angrier e-mails and Craigslist threats that included directions to his house — from people who found his contact information on his agency's website after reading his name in the news. "They didn't want to talk. They just wanted to yell," Millage says.
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