Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Montana Officials Investigate Social Media Claim of Malicious Wolf Killing

Posted By on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 9:51 AM

  • Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are investigating a Missoula, Mont., man's claim that he purposefully struck a pair of wolves near the Idaho-Montana border, The Missoulian reports

Last week, Toby Bridges posted on Facebook graphic details about accelerating the van into a group of wolves chasing a cow elk and calf on I-90 just on the Montana side of Idaho's Lookout Pass. He wrote that the struck wolves were not immediately dead after Bridges hit them, but appeared to have broken legs. Afterward, he turned the van around and took pictures of the wounded animals and posted them on social media. 

Bridges, who oversees the website Lobo Watch and its Facebook page, has since taken the explicit posts off his Facebook page.

Meanwhile, law enforcement is in a pickle as to how to proceed investigating the case, and Capt. Joseph Jaquith told The Missoulian that he's unsure if Montana police can do anything since Bridges posted the photos to social media, and hasn't provided physical evidence of having committed a crime. 

"It's very unsporting, regardless of how you feel about wolves or lawful means for harvest of wolves, certainly running them down on the highway is not what we would accept," he said.

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