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Yellowstone wolf euthanized after being found injured

April 14, 2017

A venerated and aged female white wolf was euthanized by Yellowstone National Park staff after being found injured and dying by hikers on April 11 in the park near Gardiner.

Park staff investigated the situation and concluded the wolf was in shock and dying from the injuries, according to a park news release.

“Staff on scene agreed the animal could not be saved due to the severity of its injuries,” said P.J. White, chief of the Wildlife and Aquatic Resources Branch. “The decision was made to kill the animal and investigate the cause of the initial trauma.”

The cause of the injuries is unknown. An investigation into the cause will include a necropsy.

Park staff identified the wolf as the white female of the Canyon Pack, one of three known white wolves in the park. The wolf 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 to the northern portion of the park. For these reasons, the wolf was one of the most recognizable and sought out by visitors to view and photograph.

Although the wolf had never been captured and collared, the female had been with her black mate for more than seven years. Her mate, wolf 712, was also 12 years old. Wolves begin breeding at 2 or 3 years old.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call the Yellowstone National Park Tip Line at 307-344-2132 or email Yell_LEO@nps.gov. For more information, visit http://go.nps.gov/tipline.

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