The alpha female of the Lamar Canyon wolf pack in Yellowstone was killed by a hunter last week when she strayed outside the park boundaries. The wolf, known as 832F, had been studied by scientists for years, but was only fitted with a radio collar in February of this year. She had gained a reputation among researchers and tourists alike for being exceptionally intelligent and full of personality. Popular Science magazine posted an article entitled, "Stop Shooting Wolves, You Maniacs," criticizing the policies that enabled her to be taken out. Bonnie Rice, spokesperson for the Sierra Club Greater Yellowstone, says she's not surprised.
The State of Montana's wolf trapping season opens today, and there, state officials have implemented a buffer zone around the Yellowstone border to protect park animals. Requests have been sent to Wyoming and Idaho to implement similar policies.
Rice said scientists and fans of the park's most famous wolf aren't the only ones impacted by this week's turn of events.
Rice said the alpha wolf's mate was also killed by a hunter this year.