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Hunters Kill ‘Most Famous’ Wolf At Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone's Famous Wolf Killed By Hunters

Hunters have shot and killed the “most famous” wolf of Yellowstone National Park, which was beloved by many tourists and valued by scientists.

The female alpha wolf was shot and killed last Thursday when she was outside the park’s boundaries, reports The New York Times.

The wolf, known as 832F, was the female alpha of the park’s most famous Lamar Canyon pack. She was considered a “rock star” to researchers and wildlife watchers and had been a favorite of tourists for the past six years.

The female alpha was fitted by researchers with a $4,000 collar with GPS tracking technology. Daniel Staher, a project director for Yellowstone’s wolf program, announced that the tracking collar will be returned to researchers.

Researchers have seen, based on the collar’s data, that the most famous Yellowstone wolf’s pack rarely ventures outside the park. When they do venture out, it is only for brief periods of time.

The popular wolf’s death has sparked outrage among conservationists, who are calling for changes to Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana’s wolf hunting laws, notes The Daily Mail. There is currently no law against shooting collared wolves as long as it isn’t done inside Yellowstone.

The female alpha’s death makes the eight collared wolf killed by hunters so far this year, prompting conservationists to ask for a buffer zone around the park where wolves can still roam free and not be hunted. The development is the latest in an ongoing debate between conservationists and hunters in the area.

Conservationists believe that, because the wolf population has declined by about 60 percent in the region, the canines should not be hunted. Others, however, contend that killing the wolves is necessary in order to prevent livestock attacks and protecting big game populations.

Montana’s wildlife commissioner, Shane Colton, stated that the idea of a buffer zone will be discussed during a commission meeting on Monday. Colton stated, “We don’t want to close any area off if we don’t have to. But if we keep losing collared wolves … management becomes difficult. We want to do this first trapping season right.”

Yellowstone’s chief scientist has acknowledged that the recent shootings, like that of the “most” famous alpha wolf, have had an impact on the park’s wolf research, though the numbers killed so far do not threaten the park’s overall population.

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11 Responses to “Hunters Kill ‘Most Famous’ Wolf At Yellowstone National Park”

  1. Tricia Lee Givens

    I understand that it's not "illegal" to shoot a wolf with a collar on, but ethicaly and morally it's wrong in my eyes. People are complaining because the wolf was outside of Yellowstones "bounderies" well really? The last I know wolves didn't know how to read! I am in total aggreement with keeping control of the wolf "population" however, they are not anywhere near being "over-populated" at this time, and if people don't want wolves roaming there back yards then maybe they should stay in the city……. It's like having a free candy store in the middle of a playground then shooting the children for coming in and eating the candy. What the hell…

  2. Charlene Clymer

    Just because it's not illegal to shoot the wolves with collars doesn't mean it's right!!! I totally agree with Ms.Givens if you don't want wolves in your back yard move!!!!

  3. Donna Cooper-Collins

    This has got to stop! Wolves should still be on the endangered or threatened species list. Their status should have never been changed.

  4. Merrell Reagan

    Some of you people city folks wouldn't be so quick to pass judgement on these hunters if it was your livestock that was being eating alive by these wolf packs that regularly leave Yellowstone, NP to prey on the new born calf's and lambs.

  5. Jen Kyttle

    Makes me SICK!!! I wish I could say I'm shocked, but I'm not… Disgusting!

  6. Sam Basso

    This kind of thing is absurd. First, we subsidize ranching and farming, which skews the financial costs, making it profitable to raise cattle and sheep in areas where there are lots of wild animals. Second, even though I'm not anti-hunting, wolves are being killed for trophies and to protect livestock. We should hunt prey animals, not predators. I really don't see the logic here.