Monday, December 10, 2012

'Most Famous Wolf in the World' Shot By Hunters Near Yellowstone

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Wolves are rarely recognized by humans as singular personalities, but a wolf known as 832F and, according to The New York Times, described by wildlife advocates as a "rock star" due to her popularity, was found dead Dec. 6, killed outside of Yellowstone National Park by hunters.

For nearly a month, eight wolves fitted with GPS collars to help researchers track their movement have been killed, leading animal-rights groups to put more restrictions in place in the lead up to the Montana's inaugural wolf trapping season beginning Saturday, Dec. 15. The eight wolves killed were all shot outside of the park's perimeter. Data from the collars suggested that the wolves rarely ventured beyond the park and then only for brief periods.

"She is the most famous wolf in the world," wildlife photographer Jimmy Jones told the Times.

Last year at this time, there were at least 98 wolves in 10 packs—in addition to two lone wolves—roaming Yellowstone near the Idaho, Montana, Wyoming borders, according to the park's annual wolf project report.

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