Yellowstone wolf shot to death

NPS file photo of the Canyon Pack Alpha female.

NPS file photo of the Canyon Pack Alpha female.


Author: Steven Shaw
Date: 05.11.17

The alpha female of Yellowstone’s Canyon Pack was shot and killed. That’s according to the National Park Service who had a necropsy performed.

Hikers found the mortally wounded female on April 11, 2017, inside the park near Gardiner, Montana.

Rangers that responded were forced to euthanize her due to the severity of the wolf’s injuries.

Investigators believe the wolf was shot on the north side of the park near the Old Yellowstone Trail sometime between April 10 at 1 a.m. and April 11 at 2 p.m.

“Due to the serious nature of this incident, a reward of up to $5,000.00 is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for this criminal act,” said Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk.

If you know anything about the killing please contact the National Park Service.  

CALL the ISB Tip Line 888-653-0009

TEXT to 202-379-4761

ONLINE and click "Submit a Tip"

Trails of interest:

  1. Beaver Ponds Trail (YNP)
  2. Pebble Creek Trail from Pebble Creek Campground
  3. Slough Creek Trail

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