As sad as this incident is, blame also lays on the owner of the dog. He took his malamutes, a dog known for looking like a wolf, in the wild during wolf hunting season. Further, a flashing collar on a thick coated dog was the only thing that was present to alert the hunter that the animal was a pet. From other articles on the incident you learn that he was letting his dogs roam around as he skied. Thus there were times that you would only see the dogs and not the human.
DH and I take our dogs to my FIL's farm on a regular basis. During hunting season, not only do DH and myself suit up in orange, but we also have bright orange vests that we strap on the dogs. During coyote season we only take the dogs out in the field closest to the house, and never near the neighbor's property line. It only take a split second for a mistake to be made. If the dog's fur was masking the collar, I could understand how the hunter confused the dog with a wolf. What is not excusable is the fact that the hunter walked away from the dog after realizing what happened, and never informed the police what happened.
OK, just read the most recent article. The hunter did speak with the police.
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