International social media lit up in September after a Montana man said he had purposefully struck a pair of wolves near the Idaho/Montana border.
Toby Bridges had posted on his Facebook page
some graphic details about accelerating his van into a wolf pack just east of Idaho's Lookout Pass. Bridges oversees the website Lobo Watch.
But evidence indicates that the anti-wolf extremist lied.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks investigated the claim and said it "had nothing even remotely resembling proof beyond a reasonable doubt that it happened the way it was purported. There was just no physical evidence to back it up other than the photo of him on the side of the road with a wolf, and there are plenty of alternative explanations for how that could have happened." FWP also took its evidence to the Montana Highway Patrol for a second opinion, which concurred that the claim was a hoax.
Game wardens interviewed Bridges as part of the investigation, but he didn't return calls from the Missoulian
, looking for a comment.
Here is Bridge's last comment on his Facebook page
, posted Oct. 1:
“I want to personally thank all of you wolf loving fools. You’ve been very good for business over on the LOBO WATCH Facebook page. Over the past week, your ignorant remarks about wolves have added more than 400 new WOLF CONTROL followers ... and I only had to ban 150 or so wolfaboos. You people are your own worst enemies ... please, please keep it up.”