BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A big game outfitter and outspoken opponent of wolves shot and killed a collared from Yellowstone National Park about two weeks after wolves killed more than two dozen of his sheep on his property near Gardiner.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports William Hoppe shot the wolf Sunday near where 13 sheep were killed on April 24. He notified Fish, Wildlife and Parks warden Chris Kerin that he killed the wolf using one of his two shoot-on-sight permits the agency issued after the sheep were killed.
Kerin confirmed the wolf was killed on Hoppe's property.
Hoppe told the Chronicle he disposed of the dead sheep in a bone pile on the property. Yellowstone Park biologist Doug Smith says the wolf may have been attracted by the decaying meat.