MISSOULA, Mont. — The man behind a controversial Facebook post is speaking out.
Toby Bridges is under investigation by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks for pictures he posted of a dead wolf. Bridges boasted that he hit two wolves with his car.
Bridges is an avid hunter and fisherman who has come under national scrutiny for a Facebook post on the page Lobo Watch, an organization he founded in 2008.
“Lobo Watch is a web site for wolf control advocates,” Bridges said.
The Sept. 16 post references an incident on Aug. 14 when Bridges hit two wolves while driving on I-90 near the Idaho-Montana border, killing one of them.
“A mature cow elk and a calf ran out onto the interstate. I slowed down and took my foot off the gas,” Bridges said.
That’s when Bridges spotted four wolves. He wrote in the post that he let off the break and hit the accelerator, because he was going to “save that calf”. He said that he did not actually intend to hit any wolves, but rather scare them off. Bridges says hitting the wolves was unavoidable.
“My goal was to get it up there and to either haze those wolves off those elk, or get in between those wolves and those elk. I had no intention of hitting a wolf. There was no stopping, there was no opportunity to stop, even the greatest NASCAR driver out there in the world couldn’t have prevented running into some of those wolves.”
When asked why he decided to post the picture of the dead wolf, Bridges said it was to send a message to pro-wolf advocates.
“They don’t have any problems going after us all the time. I did it, I’ll be honest with you. I did it just to aggravate them. I wanted them to do something. I wanted them to step across the line, and they did. So I got what I wanted.”