In a 42 U.S.C. section 1983 action claiming that defendant-officer wrongfully seized plaintiff's wolf, summary judgment for defendants is affirmed where the fact that a wolf may be lawfully possessed does not mean that the lawfulness of its possession must be verified as a prerequisite to its seizure when that seizure is necessary to protect the public safety or otherwise.
Argued: May 14, 2009
Decided: July 30, 2009
Opinion by Justice O'Connor
Stephen Thibodeau, Prince George's County Office of Law, Upper Marlboro, MD