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Well-known wolf fatally injured in Yellowstone Park

One of three known white wolves in Yellowstone National Park was found by hikers near Gardiner, Montana on April 11. Park staff investigated and concluded the wolf was in shock and dying from its injuries. The nature of the initial injuries is unknown. An investigation, which will include a necropsy, has begun. “Staff on scene agreed the animal could not be saved due to the severity of its injuries. The decision was made to kill the animal and investigate the cause of the initial trauma,” said P.J. White, Chief of the Wildlife and Aquatic Resources Branch. Park staff identified the wolf as a white female from the Canyon Pack. The wolf was 12-years-old, about twice the age of an average wolf in the park. The animal had a wide range that extended from Hayden Valley to the Firehole River area to the northern portion of the park. For that reason, the wolf had become locally famous and sought after by visitors to view and photograph. The park is asking anyone with information about the wolf’s injuries to call the Yellowstone National Park Tip Line at 307-344-2132.

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