State wildlife officials are investigating the illegal shooting of a wolf in western Montana last weekend.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said according to the wolf's GPS collar, it was shot between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on May 31 east of Stevensville.
The wolf was fitted with a GPS collar in Oregon in 2013 and had made its way through Idaho and the Big Hole Valley before arriving in the Bitterroot Valley earlier this month. Its carcass was found near a road in the Burnt Fork area.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call state wildlife officials at 1-800-TIP-MONT (800-847-6668). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if their information leads to a conviction in the case.
The following is a news release from FWP:
The two 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 and 9 pm 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 earlier
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.