X-Country Skier's Malamute Dog Shot and Killed

By Steve Jackson

Officials are looking for information on a hunter who shot and killed a pet malamute near Lolo pass, apparently believing it to be a wolf.
Layne Spence was cross country skiing with his three dogs on a  logging road near Lolo pass when the incident occurred on Sunday. Spence says one of the dogs, named “Little Dave” was shot by a man some 15 yards away.

Spence says he yelled for the shooter to stop, but the man fired a total of six shots, killing the dog.
The shooter offered no apology and fled the scene. Spence says all three dogs were wearing collars and lights.

The incident remains under investigation by the Missoula Sheriff’s Department. Anyone who has information about the shooting is asked to call Crimestoppers at (406) 721-4444.
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