Saturday Morning Wolf Excitement
The Ekins are a family of four with a 5 year old son, and 3 year old daughter living close to Hamilton Montana. They have 3 hunting dogs that stay in the backyard, and the kids love going from the front to the back with the dogs. Now the children may not be allowed that kind of freedom.
Saturday morning at 5 am the family was awoken when all three of the hunting dogs started barking. "The sound just exploded from our backyard," Sarah said. "It sounded like they thought their lives were going to come to an end." Jason and Sarah went to see what was going on. One of the dogs was now yelping like he had been hurt. They saw something that looked like a large black dog by the trees. Jason thought it was a wolf and asked Sarah to get his gun, as the wolf retreated.
As Jason went out on the second floor deck with his rifle, the wolf returned, unfazed by Jason's presence. The wolf appeared to be going after the injured dog that was hiding in his dog house. When the wolf gave Jason a clear shot, he took it. The wolf died 34 yards away from the family's home, according to The Missoulian.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Warden Lou Royce said the shooting was justified. "Under state and federal law, he's covered," Royce said. "He was defending his dog's life." Neighbors have called to thank Jason for taking care of the wolf, there have been reports of lost pets in the neighborhood. It is a bit unusual for wolves to be this close to city limits.