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Iconic Yellowstone female white wolf illegally killed

For Immediate Release

BOZEMAN, Mont. (May 12, 2017) – An iconic female white wolf in Yellowstone National Park was illegally shot last month, according to necropsy results released late yesterday by the National Park Service. The wolf was found by hikers on April 11 and euthanized by NPS employees due to injuries from the shot.

Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife, issued this statement:

"The death of this wolf is another tragic loss in the trend of illegally poaching iconic species. Yellowstone National Park’s wolves are unequivocally prized. These wolves are valued globally, and local communities reliant on tourism benefit significantly from their presence.

"Returning wolves to their natural habitat has a beneficial effect on the entire ecosystem. Wolves help restore greater native diversity of both plant and animal species through their unique hunting and culling behavior. Defenders of Wildlife believes in the inherent value of wildlife and our natural world and condemns the unlawful killing of any animal."

This wolf – one of three known white wolves in the Park – helped form the pack. She and the alpha male had at least 20 pups over their more than nine years together before she was killed.

If you have any information about the killing of this wolf, please contact the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch Tipline at (888) 653-0009. You can also text them at (202) 379-4761, or email them at nps_isb@nps.gov.


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