A Montana hunter has come under fire after she killed and skinned a Siberian husky that she allegedly mistook for a wolf. Amber Rose Barnes, 36, was out bear hunting when she came across the animal, which she claims she believed was a wolf pop. After killing and skinning the dog, she then posted photos of herself posing with the dead animal on Facebook.
Barnes seemed proud of her kill. “So this morning I set out for a solo predator hunt for a fall black bear. However, I got the opportunity to take another predator wolf pup,” she wrote in her now-deleted post. “2022 was a great feeling to text my man and say I just smoked a wolf pup.”
Strangers were quick to point out that she didn’t kill a wolf at all. While it’s just as horrifying as she had killed the wolf, the fact that it was actually a Siberian husky fired up commenters even more, and they quickly pointed out her error. Many said her hunting license should be revoked for the killing as well, but it’s unclear if that will happen.
The local sheriff’s office in Flathead county confirmed that Barnes had killed a husky. They said that the animal was one of 11 husky and shepherd mixes that had been abandoned on the land and were living on it. “The parties were able to pick up 11 dogs which were turned over to Animal Control and taken to the animal shelter. Animal Control later located several other dogs in the Doris Creek area which were also taken to the animal shelter. Several of the dogs have tested positive for parvovirus and are currently being evaluated. We are looking to identify the person or persons who left the dogs in the area of Doris Creek,” the statement read. “During this investigation, we were advised through Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks that one of the dogs may have been shot. The person who is believed to have shot the dog has been identified. The case is under investigation.”
Barnes refuses to apologize for killing the dog, saying she had every right to do so. Perhaps to take the heat off of herself a bit, Barnes claimed that despite the mistake, the dog needed to die since it was coming to attack her. “Yes I made a mistake because I did think it was a hybrid wolf pup … yes I would still have shot it because it was aggressive and coming directly for me!” she claimed. This whole situation is tragic and awful.