Amber Rose Barnes: Montana hunter charged for killing and skinning Husky she thought was a baby wolf
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KALISPELL, MONTANA: Amber Rose Barnes, a woman who shot a Siberian husky mistaking it for a wolf and then proudly shared the images of its skinned pelt on social media, is now being charged with a crime, as per a report by TMZ. According to the Flathead County sheriff, the 36-year-old woman from Montana is facing misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.
Barnes sparked public outrage and a police investigation after she showed no remorse for killing the puppy. After the outrage, the woman defended her actions and said, "I would have still shot it because it was aggressive and coming directly for me."
The incident took place near Doris Creek in the Flathead National Forest, before Barnes took to Facebook to boast about her kill. She wrote, "So this morning I set out for a solo predator hunt for a fall black bear however I got the opportunity to take another predator wolf pup 2022 was a great feeling to text my man and say I just smoked a wolf pup #firstworld #onelesspredatorMT."
The Flathead National Forest is where Barnes first came across the Husky puppy, one of perhaps a dozen dogs that had been left there. Following an uproar online, Barnes stated that she shot the dog in self-defense because it was behaving aggressively and wildly. She wrote, "This animal was growling howling and coming at me like it was going to eat me. Yes, I made a mistake because I did think it was a hybrid wolf pup but I was not aware of a [sic] 19 dogs being dropped 11 miles into the wilderness either way yes I would still have shot it because it was aggressive and coming directly for me!"
UPDATE from the Montana dog butcher - Amber Rose Barnes - and her unhinged MAGA boyfriend.— Blake Cilwick (@BCilwick) September 26, 2022
They seem confident that the far right police and Gianforte’s DNR will not bring any charges against her for skinning a Siberian husky. #mtpol #mtnews pic.twitter.com/rK5GUbKmlh
The graphic images show Barnes, who was reportedly accompanied by her partner Frank Tallent on the hunting trip in Montana's Flathead County, flaunting the skinned husky while grinning from ear to ear. The pair have since defended their actions saying the kill was an act of self-defense while also admitting it was a mistake.
Tallent responded to angry dog lovers with an expletive-laden rant after many called for his partner's arrest. He threatened violence but simultaneously conceded the incident was a bad look for the embattled hunting community. "Mistakes happen - big f***in' deal," the Montana man wrote in a lengthy post defending his lover, which has since been taken down.
MEAWW reported earlier that law enforcement is still investigating the contentious kill in a probe led by the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, which revealed in a statement on Monday that the dog had been abandoned along with at least 11 others in the Doris Creek woods. The department said all the pooches were husky and shepherd mixes. Animal control was able to locate and rescue 11 of the dogs, but one husky was shot and killed by Barnes before officials could get to it.
Barnes will show up in court soon to face charges.