Conservation group calls for more thorough investigation of wolf shooting

A hunter shot and killed a wolf that he said was running at him.

The executive director of the conservation group Oregon Wild is demanding a more thorough investigation into the shooting of a wolf on Oct. 27 in Northeast Oregon.

Sean Stevens said statements from the hunter and an Oregon State Police trooper do not match with evidence photos released by the state police.

"Wolf aggression towards people is incredibly rare, and malicious poaching of wolves is a huge problem in Oregon. This incident deserves far more scrutiny,” he said.

Elk hunter Brian Scott said the wolf was running right at him when he fired his rifle from 20 to 30 yards away.

Background: Oregon hunter kills wolf, claims self-defense

His statement was videotaped by the trooper using his dash cam at the hunter’s camp.

Here’s part of the transcript:

“…and off to my left is when I saw the first, again what I assumed would have been a coyote, running at me which is very odd. Directly behind that was the second one. The first one was larger than the second. Then the third one. The first one kind of started making its way around me. The second one seemed to be following the first one. The third one was running directly at me. Definitely felt like she had targeted me and was running directly at me to make contact. I feared for my life, it was unnerving. I didn’t have a lot of time to react and so I shot the third one. I watched the other two dive down into the timber down towards the bottom of the 350 road again and within seconds there was howling,” said Scott.

The trooper’s report indicates the wolf was shot from the front.

“I concluded the bullet entered the front right portion of the wolf and exited the left portion of the wolf,” wrote trooper Marcus McDowell.

But pictures released as part of an Open Records request seem so show otherwise.

The wolf has what appears to be an entry would on her right said, midway between the hind quarters and front shoulder. A larger exit wound appears to exist near the front left shoulder of the wolf.

Requests for clarification from the Oregon State Police have not been answered.

The hunt group leader called on Friday and insisted the incident was self-defense. He said the wolf deviated after Brian Scott screamed at him him, which might be why it was shot in the side.

“He was terrified,” said the hunt leader, who did not want to give his name. But he insisted that killing the wolf was “not something he intended to do or wanted to do."

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