Sadly I watched a lot of programs on the Lamar PackYou think this would make a good wall hanging?
A world-famous wolf that had been seen by as many as a million visitors to Yellowstone National Park has been killed after she strayed outside the park's protected boundaries, the New York Times reports. She was shot on Dec. 6 in Wyoming, where wolf hunting recently became legal.
Known as 832F, the female alpha wolf was a member of the Lamar Canyon pack. She had been called "a rock star" and "the most famous wolf in the world."
Scientists who have been tracking the Lamar Canyon pack for years know that pack members rarely leave the confines of the park. 832F, like many wolves in the park, carried a $4,000 GPS radio collar that helps scientists understand the wolves' movements, habitat usage habits and hunting patterns. Over the past few months, eight wolves bearing radio collars have been killed in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. 832F's radio collar has already been returned to park officials.
Until this year, gray wolves were protected under the Endangered Species Act. Those protections were lifted in the northern Rockies after many years of lawsuits by conservation groups, who were trying to keep the animals on the endangered species list. Wyoming must maintain a population of 150 or more wolves; as long as the count remains above that number, hunting may continue. A new wave of lawsuits seeks to once again reverse this policy.
Pic: A wolf from the Lamar Valley pack. (Photo: Rwarrin/Flickr)
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