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Most Famous Wolf in the World Shot Dead Outside Yellowstone

The wolf that researchers called 832F, left, was shot on Thursday. The alpha female of the Lamar Canyon pack, she wore a tracking collar. The wolf with her, known as 754, was killed last month. [New York Times]

This year’s hunting season in the northern Rockies has been especially controversial because of the high numbers of popular wolves and wolves fitted with research collars that have been killed just outside Yellowstone in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. – ‘Famous’ Wolf Is Killed Outside Yellowstone

THE NEEDLESS slaughter of wolves has now claimed something of scientific value that keeps these animals in the wild watched, safe and studied so we can understand their lives and what’s needed to keep their habitat alive and their presence vibrant.

It’s these sorts of reports that overwhelm conservationist enthusiasts like myself; fellow gun owners who abhor the gluttony, human arrogance and disrespect of nature by certain hunters and ranchers who think of nothing but their own pleasures or economics. Every hunter and rancher bears responsibility for the policy that allows this killing to continue.

American Scientist featured the famous Lamar Wolf pack in its current issue.

Wolves and bison are only two of the controversial issues in Yellowstone, our first and perhaps greatest national park. How can we balance the rights of the individual with those of the majority? There is a real price to pay for preserving our wild heritage. We must listen to the opinions of all the stakeholders to negotiate a just and equable solution to these complex problems. [American Scientist]

There is no excuse for the killing of tagged wolves, which should be respected and protected when they wander. Indiscriminate ranchers or hunters should be punished, with “stakeholder” claims also coming with responsibilities, because without the ability to study animals in the wild we all lose something that can never be reclaimed.

The wolf pictured below is another photo of the gorgeous beast above, yet another casualty of the brazen disrespect of man of nature.

On a visit to Yellowstone National Park, the author had the good fortune to witness not just wolves and grizzly bears, but interactions between them. In Lamar Canyon, she watched eight members of the Lamar Pack led by the alpha female 06, shown here atop the rock in the center of the frame. She also learned that even in a national park, the reintroduction of a species such as the wolf can have profound effects. Despite their relatively small numbers, the wolves have had an impact not just in the park but in a wide area near the park.
[photo: Jimmy Jones, via American Scientist]

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4 Responses to Most Famous Wolf in the World Shot Dead Outside Yellowstone

  1. Cujo359 December 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    One of the ways you can track the spread of humans throughout the world following the diaspora is the sudden disappearance of many large animal species whenever people arrive in a new place. While that has tamed the world for our benefit, it has also made the world a poorer place.

  2. Taylor Marsh December 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Indeed. We’re much the poorer for it.

  3. Betsy December 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    This really upsets me to no end. I am such an advocate for the wolf and the black bear. The research that is done with these animals is so valuable. Both of these animals are so misunderstood by humans because we refuse to learn all there is to know about them.

    I follow to the North American Bear Center and love getting their email every night. They are in Minnesota and have collared many black bears. What is truly interesting is the trust that the bears have for the two biologists amazes me. They have video cams in the dens so that we can observe the cubs being born and watch them grow. One of the things that I learned is that people feeding bears do not cause them to be aggressive. Many people near the bear center feed the bears. But they feed them their natural foods. What has been proven is that bears DO NOT go near homes unless there is a lack of natural food. But according to the biologists they are NOT a nuisance. I get so annoyed with my sister in law because she claims bears have made her a prisoner in her own home. She has had exactly three bears in two years visit her. I have sent her the site so that she can learn from the biologists, but she doesn’t want to be bothered.

    During hunting season the bear center puts bright colored ribbons on these bears so that the hunters won’t shoot them. I have an opinion on that too. The MN wildlife people will only let them color so many bears. Many cubs that are born and followed can’t be collared so they get shot. Every hunting season there I hold my breath because they have been known to shoot them anyway. Guess what, it’s not illegal and no one gets fined. Sad.

    Here in Colorado up in the mountains is a wolf rescue sanctuary and she has also educated people regarding wolves. She has taken in wolves that people own and discover that they are not meant to be domesticated. There is also a wolf sanctuary in NM that I get emails from. They too take in wolves and high breds when people can’t handle them anymore.

    Well Taylor, you have me on my soap box now, LOL. But I’m glad you wrote about it because people need to know what is happening. This is a tragedy, in my opinion.

  4. TPAZ December 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Be grateful the wolves aren’t being targeted with predator drones. These creatures are being killed for sport. It is not for survival nor is it in self-defense; it’s purely sport. Disgusting.

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