A wild wolf considered to be a staple of Yellowstone National Park was killed by a hunter just outside of the park last week.
The wolf, known as 926F (called Spitfire by many wolf advocates), was the daughter of the famous alpha female 832F, who shared a similar fate when she was killed by a hunter in Aug. 2012.
832F (famously referred to as 06, as in the year she was born) was a celebrity of sorts, as she was often spotted by tourists who admired her for her “hunting prowess,” according to The New York Times.
“She was the rock star of Yellowstone by far,” Marc Cooke, the president of Wolves of the Rockies, a nonprofit group run by volunteers who advocate for the protection of gray wolves, tells The Washington Post. “It hurt a lot of people when she was killed.”
The alpha female was so well-known, in fact, that she was the subject of the novel, “American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West.”
So, when her daughter, Spitfire, was killed by a hunter, wolf watchers and fans were devastated.
According to the NYT, the shooting was within hunting laws. But the killing has renewed calls for a buffer zone between the national park and legal hunting grounds.
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