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Investigation reveals that white wolf in Yellowstone National Park was shot

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This Alpa female wolf of the Canyon pack was found injured Wedensday and had to be euthanized. (NPS/Neal Herbert, April 2016) This Alpa female wolf of the Canyon pack was found injured Wedensday and had to be euthanized. (NPS/Neal Herbert, April 2016)

(MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WYOMING) Law enforcement is seeking additional information regarding the death of the Canyon Pack alpha female wolf.

Preliminary results from the necropsy showed that she suffered a gunshot wound.

Hikers discovered the wolf on April 11, inside Yellowstone National Park near Gardiner, Montana.

Park staff responded quickly and due to the severity of the injuries, euthanized the wolf.

The wolf was sent to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, for a necropsy.

The lab has sent the preliminary results to Yellowstone National Park. 

National Park Service law enforcement believes the wolf was shot on the north side of the park, near Gardiner or near the Old Yellowstone Trail, which is located in the park on the northern boundary.

The wolf was one of three known white wolves in the park.

She lived to 12 years, twice the age of an average wolf in the park, and had a broad range that extended from Hayden Valley to the Firehole River area to the northern portion of the park.

As the alpha female for over nine years with the same alpha male, she had at least 20 pups, 14 of which lived to be yearlings.

She was one of the most recognizable wolves and sought after by visitors to view and photograph. 

The incident likely occurred sometime between April 10 at 1 a.m. and April 11 at 2 p.m.  

“Due to the serious nature of this incident, a reward of up to $5,000.00 is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for this criminal act,” said Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk. 

If you have information about this incident that could help with this investigation, please contact the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch.

Tips will be confidential:

  • CALL the ISB Tip Line 888-653-0009
  • TEXT to 202-379-4761
  • ONLINE www.nps.gov/isb and click "Submit a Tip"
  • EMAIL nps_isb@nps.gov
  • MESSAGE via Facebook @InvestigativeServicesNPS or Twitter @SpecialAgentNPS

The park will provide more information about this investigation when it is available.

PREVIOUSLY: Death of white wolf investigated at Yellowstone National Park

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