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Groups ask governor to reopen wolf killing investigation

In this May 1, 2017, file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks during a May Day rally at the state Capitol in Salem, Ore. (Anna Reed / Associated Press)
In this May 1, 2017, file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks during a May Day rally at the state Capitol in Salem, Ore. (Anna Reed / Associated Press)

PORTLAND, Ore. – More than a dozen conservation groups have asked Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s office to reopen an investigation into the Oct. 27 killing of a wolf by a hunter who claimed self-defense.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports sixteen groups made the request Thursday.

Brian Scott was elk hunting in Union County when he shot and killed a gray wolf he claimed was running at him. Oregon State Police investigated and agreed that he shot in self-defense.

The letter claims that police misinterpreted the evidence. The groups say a public records request revealed photographic evidence that contradicts the official report done by police about the incident.

The groups also worry that an inadequate investigation sends a signal to hunters that they can kill wolves with impunity.