Wolf update: Reward offered for info

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IMG_0479-0MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – Park service officials are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in connection with the death of a wolf in Yellowstone National Park in April.

Last month, we told you about the injury and euthanization of a popular member of the member of the Canyon Pack.

Now the National Park Service said a study by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, has learned more about the injury.

According to the NPS:

Preliminary results from the necropsy of the Canyon Pack alpha female wolf showed that she suffered from a gunshot wound .. National Park Service law enforcement believes the wolf was shot on the north side of the park, near Gardiner, or near the Old Yellowstone Trail which is located in the park on the northern boundary. The incident likely occurred sometime between April 10 at 1 a.m. and April 11 at 2 p.m.

The wolf was one of three known white wolves in the park. She had at least 20 pups, 14 of which lived to be yearlings, according to the Park Service.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch (ISB), via the ISB Tip Line at 888-653-0009 or online at http://www.nps.gov/isb.


Wolf injury under investigation at Yellowstone

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  MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – Yellowstone authorities are trying to determine how a popular wolf became injured.

The female was part of the park’s Canyon Pack android was one of three known white wolves in Yellowstone. 

According to the National Park Service:

This 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 area to the northern portion of the park. For these reasons, the wolf was one of the most recognizable and sought after by visitors to view and photograph.

On April 11, 2017, hikers discovered the severely injured wolf inside The park near Gardiner, Montana. Park staff concluded the wolf was in shock and dying from the injuries. Staff agreed the animal could not be saved due to the severity of its injuries and the decision was made to kill the wolf.

An investigation into the cause of the injuries has begun which will include a necropsy.