Two Wolves Killed Southwest of Kalispell

By Beacon Staff

Wildlife officials say they’ve killed two wolves in northwestern Montana after wolves killed livestock in the area earlier this month.

The wolves killed Tuesday west of Niarada were members of the Hog Heaven pack.

Kent Laudon, a wolf management specialist with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, says the pack has five to seven members left.

Also Tuesday, a young female wolf was found dead near Murphy Lake in the Trego area. FWP wardens and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents are conducting a criminal investigation into the incident.

On Wednesday, USDA Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a cow on private land in the Big Hole Valley east of Wisdom.

The FWP authorized Wildlife Services to kill two wolves in the area, and issued a permit to the landowner to shoot two wolves.