Wolves kill sheep near Gardiner
A big game outfitter and outspoken opponent of wolves had 13 sheep killed by the predators on property north of Gardiner.
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.
USDA Wildlife Services state director John Steuber says five ewes and eight lambs died. Three others were injured.
State wildlife officials issued Hoppe a shoot-on-sight permit for two wolves, but they can only be shot on the property where the attack occurred. Hoppe said he planned to move the remaining sheep off the property.
In January, Hoppe opposed the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission's decision to close wolf hunting around Yellowstone National Park.