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The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is investigating whether wolves have established a pack in the Bridger Mountains after a dead wolf was found in the Brackett Creek area over the weekend.

However, FWP's Wolf Program Coordinator Carolyn Sime said the agency still needs more evidence before it determines that wolves have established themselves just north of Bozeman.

"One dead wolf does not necessarily a pack make," she said Monday.

Lone wolves can travel hundreds of miles to establish new territory, and the animals have been known to pass through the Bridgers. But a wolf pack in the mountains would be a new development.

"We have a dead wolf. It's under investigation. ... There could be a new pack in the area, but we're still gathering information from local folks," she said.

She said FWP staff will use interviews with landowners to see if they can determine a pattern in wolf sightings.

"We have had intermittent reports (of wolves) from the belts and the Bridgers for a long time," she said. "A dead wolf showing up isn't that surprising. The key work will be talking to landowners."

She said FWP is still investigating what killed the wolf, which was black.

Daniel Person can be reached at dperson@dailychronicle.com or 582-2665.

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