If anyone has information about this incident, please contact: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Billings Office, (406) 247-7355 Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Bozeman Office (406) 994-4042 -or- Gallatin County Sheriff Bill Slaughter (406) 582-2100
A necropsy will be performed on the wolf at Montana's Fish, Wildlife and Parks forensics laboratory in Bozeman. Initial reports indicate the wolf was shot several times and then dumped in the Madison River where it was picked up by agents with the Fish and Wildlife Service. The actual location of the shooting is unknown.
Biologists had been unable to locate R-28 for last five weeks so additional areas were being checked on their last monitoring flight. A mortality signal was received and biologists checked out the area on foot. The wolf was found frozen in the river; its collar was intact and functioning.