Oregon wolf illegally shot, killed in Bitterroot Valley

2014-06-05T14:07:00Z 2014-06-09T14:13:11Z Oregon wolf illegally shot, killed in Bitterroot ValleyMissoulian The Billings Gazette
June 05, 2014 2:07 pm  • 

STEVENSVILLE — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is looking for tips on a wolf that was poached in the Burnt Fork area of the Bitterroot Valley, east of Stevensville, on May 31.

The 2-year-old male wolf had dispersed to Montana from Oregon and was wearing a GPS collar, which provided wildlife officials with movement data and gave an estimated time of death between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on May 31.

The wolf was found shot near a road between Sawmill Saddle and Ambrose Saddle in upper Haacke Creek.

The wolf was collared in Oregon in 2013 and had made its way through Idaho and the Big Hole Valley before prior to arriving in the Bitterroot Valley earlier this month.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

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