GOP Montana Governor Illegally Kills “Collared Wolf”

Boise Public Radio reports:

Montana’s newly elected Republican governor violated state hunting regulations when he trapped and shot a collared wolf near Yellowstone National Park in February, according to documents obtained by the Mountain West News Bureau.

Gov. Greg Gianforte killed the adult black wolf known as “1155” roughly ten miles north of the park’s boundary in Park County. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks issued the governor a written warning, and he promised to take the three-hour online course March 24.

He trapped it on a private ranch owned by Robert E. Smith, director of the conservative Sinclair Broadcasting Group, who contributed thousands of dollars to Gianforte’s 2017 congressional campaign.

Read the full article. Yellowstone National Park uses the collars to track the wolves. Only 94 wolves currently live in the park, according to their most recent data. Gianforte has been allowed to keep the “skull and hide” of the wolf.