Groups ask Gov. Brown to reopen wolf killing investigation

16 groups made the request Thursday

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2011, file photo, a female Mexican gray wolf at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in central N.M. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – 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 16 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.