BOZEMAN – A big-game outfitter and outspoken opponent of wolves had 13 sheep killed by the predators on property north of Gardiner, federal wildlife officials said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services verified that two wolves killed sheep owned by William Hoppe sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Friday.

USDA Wildlife Services state director John Steuber said five ewes and eight lambs died. Three others were injured but were expected to survive, he said.

The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks issued Hoppe a shoot-on-sight permit for two wolves, but they can be shot only on the property where the attack occurred, said agency spokeswoman Andrea Jones. Hoppe said he planned to move the remaining sheep off the property and closer to his house and maybe buy a few more.

Steuber said federal trappers won’t take any lethal action against the wolves because Hoppe is moving his sheep.

“We don’t remove wolves to punish them; we only do it to prevent further predation, and now there’s nothing to protect,” Steuber said. “Plus, we don’t know which wolves were involved. We don’t just randomly go after wolves.”

Fish, Wildlife and Parks will monitor wolf activity in the area closely, Jones said.

Hoppe will be able to claim almost $2,000 in compensation for the sheep from the Montana Livestock Loss Board. He had purchased the sheep just a few weeks before they were killed.

Hoppe is a former president of the Friends of the Northern Yellowstone Elk Herd. In January, he opposed the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission’s decision to close wolf hunting around Yellowstone National Park. He argues wolves are driving down the elk population in the area.

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RPT

I've started hitting the “Report Abuse” option on every irrelevant post Ms. Richard makes..If all of us do it the Missoulian will take action and remove her post. It’s gotten ridicules the disgusting use and abuse she's trying to get away with on this forum.
We’ve had hundreds of her post removed by reporting them as abuse... Plus we’ve forced her to clean up her act about 90% from what she used to be like. It makes her furious that we’re able to do this and there isn’t a thing she can do about it... Must really suck to be her.

RPT

Now there you go, Nickers, trying to start something....Richard has been telling us all along that the surplus killing the wolves are well know for
will go to feed all the other critters and birds in the forest and nothing goes to waste... And now here you come in here and call her a liar...........Fly at it girls.

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RPT

So your saying Nickers is the liar?

RPT

Bring on the lawsuits.. We welcome them...
Our Senator Tester and the 9TH in SF know just how to put an end forever to this lawsuit scam we’ve had ran on us over the last 15+ years.

RPT

Each frivolous lawsuit brings us one step closer to the day the ESA and that ridiculous Equal assess to justice act are both stripped from our law books and declared moot....Those two acts are the most abused acts ever passed by congress into law...
The initial intent of the ESA was good and was designed to protect species that were actually endangered .. It should have NEVER been allowed to be used as an ATM for every bottom-feeding,sleaze ball , wanna be attorney of these anti- hunting , enviro-terrorist group who are looking for a free ride in life on the back of the wolf.
Our Senator Tester and the 9TH in SF know just how to put an end forever to this lawsuit scam we’ve had ran on us over the last 15+ years.Bring on the lawsuits.. We welcome them

RPT

I've started hitting the “Report Abuse” option on every irrelevant post Ms. Richard makes..If all of us do it the Missoulian will take action and remove her post. It’s gotten ridicules the disgusting use and abuse she's trying to get away with on this forum.

oldcowgirl

Got you covered !! Its been working on most of her post...

It would be different if she had something to say but what comes out of her posts dose not make any sense.. Just a troll in the Missoulian and the Billings Gazette and any other online papers she can get into...Just meaningless words, repeat after repeat......plus stalking anyone that disagrees with her way of thinking. She/He is a predator lover and now is acting like a online predator towards other commenter's that have a different opinion about wolves and other predators.....Bad mouthing ranchers, hunters plus thinking its wonderful that 13 sheep were killed by wolves. This person in my opinion doesn't care about any other kind of animals other than predators. No feelings for domestic livestock or family pets.......In my opinion this is one cold hearted person so full of hate.....Scary to say the lest.....

Plus I wonder how many elk calves, deer fawns and moose miss Richturd has actually witnessed in real life when wolves take them down and start eating them alive. Remember these are just new born babies that he is bragging about that wolves are killing..... Plus this person loves to see when domestic livestock is killed by wolves....

What kind of a person likes to brag about the death of a young new baby of any kind of species?? Domestic or Wild is beyond me.... Only someone sick in the head......

snickers
snickers

From what I've read in other papers this is being looked at as a scam. This guy is a known wolf hater and ummmmm, he just decided to get some sheep?? Were these sheep protected in any way, or did he stage this to prove a point in his sick little fantasy?? If the sheep had no protection, shame on him. Besides, from many in that area, there are many wild dogs on the loose. I certainly hope this is checked out before the state hands him a check.

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oldcowgirl

I'm not upset or angry in the least. But what is funny is that you are turning more people against wolves then you are helping your cherished furry friends....Your childish repeat rants are NOT going in your favor at all...... Grow up Small Little One......The Federal Government is done with this Wolf issue..... Many tax $$$ will be saved for all Tax Payers when this issue of the wolf is delisted in the lower 48... Guess what?? Our Government is Broke and most of the wolf programs will take a $$ hit.... Besides the wolf has made full recovery and is not Endangered anymore....So what is your beef??? Don't like to see an endangered species recovered or you won't have anything to troll about in all the online newspapers??????

And what is this thing you keep harping about we win you lose?? No such thing. The only thing that loses are the Wolves and our Ungulate wild game......Only a childish attitude is "We Win" You Lose" mentality of someone who is not totally grownup....

If the wolf issue totally went away, I think you would need to be put away for a mental break down.....Only life you have is my guess???? Too bad to carry so much hate !!

dave ajou
dave ajou

Give it up, Richard is protected by the Missoulian moderator. It's all about the hits on an article and generating revenue. I doubt this will get printed, had two comments on this yesterday that were not allowed. The civil dialogue policy is as much of a joke as the Missoulian itself.

RPT

Dave... Your wrong about that..... We’ve had hundreds of her post removed by reporting them as abuse... Plus we’ve forced her to clean up her act about 90% from what she used to be like. It makes her furious that we’re able to do this and there isn’t a thing she can do about it... Must really suck to be her.

RPT

Now here's some news that's worth getting excited about and long overdue
.......................................................................................................................................

Feds draft plan to end protection of wolves.

BILLINGS — Federal wildlife officials have drafted plans to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, a move that could end a decades-long recovery effort that has restored the animals but only in parts of their historic range.


kwikdraw

Wolves following their survival instincts in an area that has been polluted by ranchers? Thumbs up from me too. WE are the problem, nature's creations are not. I find it funny that the most right wing, Christian value people are the ones who want to "play god" the most.

RPT

kwik... If your a problem then why haven't you done the right thing and remove yourself?
Talks cheap... Do it.
As for me.. I'm also one of 'nature's creatures'.. I'm not going anywhere.

P.S. ..Would you mind taking Ms. Richard with you? T.I.A.

Roger
Roger

Aren't we also "nature's creations"? But I guess you want to "play god" by pretending that humans are not natural, apparently having been brought into existence by some sort of divine process. And how is wolves killing far more than they can eat a "survival instinct"? It would make more sense to kill what you need, and save the rest of the prey for the future.

snickers
snickers

Seriously Roger, the wolves do not kill more than they need to eat. I could go on for days explaining this, but you're beyond learning. If you are seriously interesting in gaining some intelligence, the info is out there.

Roger
Roger

It's a fact that wolves sometimes engage in "thrill killing" - killing far more than they can possibly consume. It has happened in Montana, for example, when wolves killed about 140 sheep. The info is out there, if you care to educate yourself.

RSW

It's ironic that these wolves killed sheep that were placed to hurt other wildlife. They carry a disease that kill Bison off. They also carry disease that kill the native Big Horns off. Hope knows this. What were his motives? The wolves did us a favor, too bad they didn't kill of those pests.

richardr11

agreed

bigdady

That is what is wrong with wolf management the Feds still think the wolf is a cute cuddely thing that wont hurt a fly, yet the locals know the wolf is a gut eating killing machine, kill em all

snickers
snickers

sorry Big, its the humans that are the gut eating killing machines. Wolves were here long before we were and they'll be here long after we're gone.

montanaduck

i eagerly await the resonse of the pro wolf community on this one. Come on people, wolves kill for sport, not just food.

Roger
Roger

Montanaduck is correct - it's a fact that wolves sometimes engage in "thrill killing", as they did in this case. Now those wolves are probably going to die, as they should.

snickers
snickers

Didn't you read the article? They're not going after the wolves

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snickers
snickers

not wolves Richard, dogs. Wild dogs killed the sheep this rancher planted. They kill for thrill, wolves only what they need to eat

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