Famous Wolf Loved by Environmentalists Now Just a Trophy Head for the Fireplace
832F was an immense wolf and agile hunter. She was a good mother and loved by environmentalists around the world.
Last week she wandered outside of Yellowstone and was shot dead by hunters.
She ought to make a nice trophy for the fireplace.
She was an alpha female known as 832F to scientists, but lovingly called ” ’06” by local tourists, after the year of her birth. She was the most famous wolf in all of Yellowstone National Park, and led the Lamar Canyon wolf pack.
832F wandered outside of the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park Thursday, where she was shot and killed — legally — by hunters in Wyoming. That was made possible by recently-passed federal and state regulations that allow the killing of wolves as game.
The changes have made headlines and caused controversy, with hunters and ranchers treating wolves as a threat to be eliminated, while conservationists and scientists are alarmed by the hunts that come so soon after wolvers were re-introduced into the area in 1995.
832F is so named because she was a research wolf. Scientists had fastened a $4,000 collar to her neck with GPS tracking technology that allowed them to track her movements and better understand both her habits and the life of the pack.
832F was also popular with tourists because of her immense size and ability as a hunter. Park wildlife experts said that she could take down animals on her own, according to the New York Times. Wolf advocates said that she was a devoted mother to her cubs as well as being leader of a relatively large pack.
She’s the latest in a series of collared research wolves shot by hunters, with four being killed in the last few weeks.