BILLINGS, Mont. -

State wildlife officials say a private citizen shot and killed a wolf in the Jardine area after the animal killed several chickens and a cat.
    
The female collared wolf was shot Saturday in the process while eating one of the chickens it had killed. Formerly a member of Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Canyon pack, the wolf left the park several months ago and had since displayed unusually bold behavior around humans.
    
Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokeswoman Andrea Jones says the shooting was justified in part because the animal had failed to respond to efforts to drive it away from populated areas.