A 41-year-old motorist who tried to drive over a menacing wolf has been sentenced to a hefty fine by a French court.
The driver of the vehicle will have to pay the equivalent of $11,000 to four environmental protection associations which had become civil parties before the court in Annecy, a town in the French Alps.
The forty-year-old who will also have to follow a citizenship course, according to the court’s decision, defended himself before the judge that he did not intend to hit the animal when he turned around so that he was driving on a secondary road.
“The driver missed the wolf by a few centimeters as it fled by passing under a fence at the last minute,” the Annecy prosecutor’s office said, according to what “20 Minutes” reported on Monday.
Wolves are a protected species in France where the offense of destruction or attempted destruction constitutes an offense punishable by three years of imprisonment and a fine of around $200,000, it was added.