The New York Times reported that Yellowstone National Park's most famous and beloved wolf, known as 832F to researchers, was shot and killed last week. Daniel Stahler, a project director for Yellowston's wolf program, said that the wolf's $4,000 collar with GPS tracking will be returned. Data from the collar showed that her pack rarely strayed from Yellowstone.
Hunting season in the area this year has been controversial. Many popular wolves have been killed just outside Yellowstone in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
Wolf hunts, which some ranchers and hunters say reduce attacks on livestock and protect big game, are sanctioned by recent federal and state rules applying to the northern Rockies, though they have been fiercely opposed. The wolf population has rebounded since they were reintroduced in the mid-1990s to counter their extirpation a few years earlier.
"She is the most famous wolf in the world,” Jimmy Jones, a wildlife photographer whose portrait of 832F appears in the current issue of the magazine American Scientist, told the Times.