And I’ll just go ahead and say it, this article isn’t gonna be for everybody, so if you just want to scroll on through, be my guest.
A Montana woman has drawn a ton of criticism and outrage (and probably legal ramifications) after she went on social media and posted a picture of a Siberian husky that she killed and skinned while bear hunting in Montana.
According to TMZ, Amber Rose of Miller City, Montana, was the culprit who has since admitted to mistaking the dog for a wolf pup. She could be seen holding a rifle and smiling ear to ear while holding up the remains of the poor dog.
She shared her side of the story on Facebook (deleting it shortly after) claiming that she thought she was hunting a wolf.
“So this morning I set out for a solo predator hunt for a fall black bear however I got the opportunity to take another predator wolf pup 2022 was a great feeling to text my man and say I just smoked a wolf pup”
Of course, a ton of people on Facebook recognized the carcass to be that of a Siberian husky, and a number of people immediately contacted the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Why was a dog that deep into the woods? Someone reportedly abandoned over a dozen dogs deep into the wilderness, and this poor pup was one of them.
However, the culprit doubled down after the fact a, saying that the dog was being aggressive and that she would have shot it anyways.
“I purchased my wolf tag prior to leaving for a bear hunt in the event I ran into a wolf in which I came to encounter with what I thought could be a hybrid during this time my safety was top priority this animal was growling howling and coming at me like it was going to eat me.
Yes, I made a mistake because I did think it was a hybrid wolf pup, but I was not aware of a 19 dogs being dropped 11 miles into the wilderness. Either way, yes I still would’ve shot it because it was aggressive and coming directly for me.”
The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office released a statement regarding the horrible mistake, saying it had been contacted by someone who reported picking up “several husky and shepherd mix dogs” in the Doris Creek area in the Flathead National Forest.
They added that one of the dogs “may have been shot.”
The statement read:
“The parties were able to pick up 11 dogs which were turned over to Animal Control and taken to the animal shelter. During this investigation, we were advised through Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks that one of the dogs may have been shot.”
The sheriff’s office has since launched an investigation into the shooting.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks regulations state that a person can take up to 20 wolves, (10 hunting and 10 trapping), however, you’re required to purchase a separate license for each wolf hunted, and must call in each kill within 24 hours.
I mean, it doesn’t take a zoologist to know that it doesn’t look anything like a wolf…
And look, I’m all for hunting… even wolves if the wildlife experts of the state determine that the wolf population is large enough to allow for hunting. However, if you can’t tell the difference between a dog and a wolf, you have no business participating. And to harvest a pup? Most ethical hunters try to harvest older, mature animals who’ve had the opportunity to breed… to be that excited about a wolf pup is suspect to me.
Whether it was an honest mistake or not, hunting involves a massive amount of knowledge, responsibility, and ethics, and this woman clearly hasn’t displayed any of that.
It has also been reported on social media (although no verified) that the woman obtained a wolf tag AFTER she shot the dog, meaning that she wasn’t even legally allowed to harvest a wolf to begin with.
If that is the case, she’s should surely find herself in legal trouble, and more than likely, her hunting privileges will be revoked.. at least for some period of time.
Nevertheless, a terribly, terribly sad situation all the way around… some scumbag abandons a bunch of dogs, and then another scumbag comes along and kills one… such a shame.