First Wolf With an Obituary in the New York TimesScientists and national park aficionados knew her well, partly thanks to a $4,000 GPS collar that tracked her every move. Known in the scientific literature as 832F, she was the alpha female leading the famous Lamar Canyon pack, and helped us better understand the behavior of these important predators. GPS data showed that she and her pack rarely went outside of the boundaries of the Yellowstone National Park, but this was one time too many, as she was shot and killed outside of the park last Thursday. Any other year and things might have been fine, but wolf hunting has been allowed this year...
The deaths have dismayed scientists who track wolves to study their habits, population spread and threats to their survival. Still, some found 832F’s death to be particularly disheartening.
“She is the most famous wolf in the world,” said Jimmy Jones, a wildlife photographer who lives in Los Angeles and whose portrait of 832F appears in the current issue of the magazine American Scientist.
832F's death is not the first among GPS-tracked wolves this year - at least 8-10 have already been killed - and wildlife defenders fear that the wolf population is not yet strong enough to withstand hunting.