Wolf hoax printed as true

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GREEN RIVER, Wyo. – A quote in a fake news release that was intended as an April Fool’s joke ended up in a front-page story in the Los Angeles Times. The story in Tuesday’s editions of the Times noted how successful the reintroduction of wolves had been 10 years ago, but said the predators remain controversial. “In Wyoming, for example, Gov. Dave Freudenthal last April decreed that the Endangered Species Act is no longer in force and that the state ‘now considers the wolf as a federal dog,’ unworthy of protection,” the story read. The Times printed a correction Wednesday, acknowledging that the news release was a hoax. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “The reporter saw it on the Internet and had talked with the governor in the past, so she was familiar enough with the way he talks and writes that she thought it sounded authentic, and she didn’t check, which she should have,” Times Deputy Metro Editor David Lauter told the Casper Star Tribune. “We hate when this kind of thing happens, and we correct it as quickly as we can,” Lauter said. The fake press release was put together by Maury Jones, an outfitter in the community of Afton, as a joke for April Fool’s Day. “I never thought I’d get this kind of reaction,” he said. “But it’s got some legs.” last_img

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