BOZEMAN — An outfitter who killed a wolf after several of his sheep were killed is disputing claims that he baited the wolf by leaving the sheep carcasses in a pile.
William Hoppe said Thursday that he buried all the carcasses within days.
On Sunday, he killed a radio-collared wolf from Yellowstone National Park using a state-issued permit he had to kill two wolves if they entered his land near Gardiner where his sheep died. Park biologist Doug Smith said information from the wolf's radio collar indicated she wasn't involved in killing Hoppe's sheep.
Nevertheless, Hoppe said he followed conditions of his permit.
He disputed statements by leaders of Wolves of the Rockies that he lured the wolves. Hoppe said he bought the sheep as a project for his grandkids.