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Rare white wolf is shot dead at Yellowstone

By T.K. Randall
May 16, 2017 · Comment icon 34 comments

White wolves are few and far between at Yellowstone. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Ber Zophus
Wildlife authorities are offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who can help track down those responsible.
Known as 'White Lady' to park visitors, the white wolf, who was one of three living at Yellowstone, was discovered with severe injuries on April 11th near Gardiner, Montana.

Sadly her wounds proved too severe and wildlife officials had no choice but to euthenize her.
At twelve years old, she had been more than twice the age of most of the wolves at Yellowstone and her unusual color had made her one of the park's most recognizable residents.

An examination later revealed injuries consistent with a bullet wound from a hunter's rifle.

"Due to the serious nature of this incident, a reward of up to $5,000 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.

Source: BBC News | Comments (34)

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Comment icon #25 Posted by Unfortunately 7 years ago
. This topic really has nothing to do with the government. It's about an idiot shooting a rare wolf.
Comment icon #26 Posted by qxcontinuum 7 years ago
it does, because for example in this case it liceenced the criminal who did it.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Unfortunately 7 years ago
If the person wasn't licensed they could still have shot the wolf as there are many people with unlicensed guns in America and we have no confirmation who the perpetrator is or whether they are licensed. As much as I'm not usually one to step in the way of people blaming different governments for things, in this particular case no one can point the finger and be able to back it up with evidence until more about the situation is known .
Comment icon #28 Posted by Myles 7 years ago
They found him?
Comment icon #29 Posted by Calibeliever 7 years ago
I California I need a licence to ocean fish. By buying one I essentially acknowledge that I know the laws and agree to abide by them. There are several fish that are off limits (like the Garibaldi) and if you get caught with one in your boat you will face a stiff fine (and in one I case I heard of a guy that got jail time). The point is, IF he had a licence (and I haven't found anywhere that states they think that's the case) him having one doesn't make the government culpable, in fact just the opposite. By purchasing a licence he agreed to the gov's rules and proceeded to break them. But sinc... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by qxcontinuum 7 years ago
well my point is that since animal life and their kingdom has shrunk so much, there shouldn't be any more hunting. i am not sure about sport fishing since resources seems to be still big on numerous type of fish but definately prohibition on land mammals must be instated. I assumed the criminal was legally liceeced since it cost so little to get  licenced so that no one is poaching around.
Comment icon #31 Posted by Calibeliever 7 years ago
That's a separate discussion, but sure. Knowing a little about that region though (which is why I'm curious where exactly this happened) It's more likely this is a rancher/farmer /disgruntled land owner of some type and the wolf strayed near the park border. As the wolf population has grown there has been increasing tension between land owners and wolves for several decades now. There are those that will shoot them on site if they they see them (even though it's illegal). They're less likely to do it on Federal land though because that means federal vs local prosecution. Wolves don't own map... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by MJNYC 7 years ago
Culling is not necessary.  If they really cared, they'd simply use birth control methods.
Comment icon #33 Posted by rashore 7 years ago
What birth control methods would you suggest they use?
Comment icon #34 Posted by WoIverine 7 years ago

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