‘Most Famous Wolf in the World’ Shot by Hunters

RIP 832F…

Via New York Times:

Yellowstone National Park’s best-known wolf, beloved by many tourists and valued by scientists who tracked its movements, was shot and killed on Thursday outside the park’s boundaries, Wyoming wildlife officials reported.

The wolf, known as 832F to researchers, was the alpha female of the park’s highly visible Lamar Canyon pack and had become so well known that some wildlife watchers referred to her as a “rock star.” The animal had been a tourist favorite for most of the past six years.

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  • InfvoCuernos

    first they got Big E Small, and no one said anything, then they got Tupac, and no one said anything, now they’re coming for your famous wolves, will we stand silent?

    • Matt Staggs

      I’ll be surprised if there’s not an indie band called Famous Wolves by next week.

      • Apathesis

        Haha. So true.

  • BuzzCoastin

    now they’re killing the Occupy Yellowstone activists
    have they no shame?

  • Anarchy Pony

    Freedom! All you liberals just hate a man’s freedom to go and kill things.

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    These wolves are pets now. They were introduced there, they have collars, they are tracked everywhere.They are photographed constantly. Maybe eventually they will sell advertising space on there sides.Put cams on them and see the world from their perspective on the internet. They have reality shows already.

    Its kind of a weird thing. You know its sad she got shot, but its hard to think of them as wild animals. But anyway the outrage is understandable. This is like shooting a dog.

    Coyotes are more wild than these wolves. They don’t require so much care. They don’t require any human intervention at all. They thrive despite being hunted. They live wherever they want.

    WA state just killed a whole pack of wolves. They made a decision, because they had become habituated to preying on livestock, slated them to be destroyed and went out and found them and shot them all from a helicopter. They are really really heavily managed.

    The last truly wild wolves live in British Colombia in the Great Bear Rain forest.

    • Captain Obvious

      “the last truly wild wolves live in the Great Bear rain forest” …and the entire state of Alaska and numerous other parts of Canada.

      • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

        Not really. In Alaska they are very heavily managed. They are about as wild as a herd of Elk on a game Farm. Since their hunting pressure is so high, they are constantly dispersing and their gene pool is shrinking.

        The wolves in the Great Bear Rain forest have more biodiversity than any other group of wolves.

  • emperorreagan

    I hope that if the human civilization does end, it starts with wolves eating the people and families of the people who shoot them from helicopters.

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