Driver Hits, Kills Wolf West of Whitefish

By Beacon Staff

WHITEFISH – State wildlife officials say a vehicle struck and killed an adult male wolf on U.S. Highway 93 west of Whitefish over the weekend.

Witnesses first reported a dog was hit Saturday night, but when a Flathead County animal control officer responded, they found it was a wolf.

The wolf wasn’t wearing a collar, but Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials plan on checking to see if it was microchipped.

FWP biologist Erik Wenum says a nearby ridge area leads many different animals to make their way across U.S. Highway 93, and it’s a fairly common place for wildlife to get hit.

Another driver reported nearly hitting a wolf in the same general area on Friday night.

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