In mid-April, a renowned white wolf was killed in Yellowstone National Park, determined to be the result of illegal hunting activity.
Hikers came across the dying wolf on the northern end of the park near the Montana border late last month. She had to be euthanized due to the extent of her injuries.
Tagged as 832F, she was the only white wolf currently living in the park and the alpha female of the the Canyon Pack. Biologists, photographers, and tourists had followed her throughout her life and particularly cherished her on account of her unique white coat. She had been one of only three white wolves ever identified living within the park.
She was twelve years old when she was killed and had been the mother to twenty total pups throughout the duration of her lifetime.
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Lab determined the cause of death to be from a bullet wound. The shooting is being considered a crime by law enforcement.
“Due to the serious nature of this incident, a reward of up to $5,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for this criminal act,” confirmed Dan Wenk, Yellowstone National Park superintendent, in a statement.
A local wolf advocacy group called Wolves of the Rockies has doubled the reward, which has now grown to $10,200 total on account of donations.
“People in this world today crave something real, and our society is lacking that, and they could come to Yellowstone and see real nature unfolding in front of their eyes with this very unique personality of a wolf, and they loved her,” biologist Douglas Smith told NPR.