A wolf some have referred to as “a rock star” and “the most famous wolf in the world” has been killed, after vacating Yellowstone National Park’s premises by going outside the park’s protected boundaries, Mother Nature Network reports.
The alpha 832F female wolf, a member of the Lamar Canyon pack, was shot and killed on Dec. 6 in Wyoming – a state that recently legalized wolf hunting.
“Alpha Female 832F, despite her age, or maybe because of it, is a consummate professional at what she does — which is to protect and guide the Lamar Canyon Pack from one generation to the next in a land wild and unforgiving. Crafty and courageous, 832F has a dedicated cadre of enthusiasts who faithfully chronicle her every move, such as they can,” wildlife photographer John Hayes says in his blog.
Check out this up close photo that Hayes was lucky enough to capture of 832F.
This isn’t the first time a member of the Lamar Canyon pack has been killed. In November, a male, 754, was also hunted in Wyoming.
832F and her fellow pack members are known for rarely ever leaving the park. For years, scientists have been doing research on 832F’s pack. She even wore a $4,000 GPS radio collar to help track movements, habits and hunting patterns.
Some consider these killings detrimental to the environment. Yellowstone and animal advocacy groups find it necessary to keep these animals alive, so we can find ways to conserve the breed.
Gray wolves have been protected under the Endangered Species Act, until this year when such protections were dismissed in the northern Rockies. Now, as long as Wyoming maintains a population of 150 or more wolves, anyone can hunt the animals.
Those for hunting think the act is essential to protect livestock; while others think these wolves are being punished for crossing borders that they aren’t even aware of.