German officials said they will press charges against a man who shot a wolf in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt.

The state's environment ministry in Magdeburg said in a statement Monday that the killing of the protected animal was "inexcusable." The ministry did not identify the shooter.

Intentionally killing a wolf carries fines of up to $69,352 and prison sentences of up to five years under Europe-wide conservation laws.

Unintentionally killing a protected animal can land the offender in prison for up to six months.