The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are looking for an illegal poacher of a well-known wolf named The White Lady. The White Lady was a beautiful white wolf who was an alpha female in her pack. The rare 12-year old wolf had been with her mate, the alpha male wolf of a large pack, for nine years and had fourteen surviving pups who have grown into beautiful adult wolves.
The beautiful white wolf injured and bleeding by hikers in the area. She had been shot and was very weak, so help was called for White Lady.
No one could determine how long she had been lying there injured, but officials tried to give her medical attention and realized she couldn’t survive. She was suffering and the park officials had to make the difficult choice to help end her pain.
This poor wolf deserved better than to be cruelly shot and left to suffer and die. Unfortunately, White Lady was also pregnant with a litter of five pups! The pups died with their mother and weren’t able to be saved.
The director of the wildlife program at WildEarth Guardians expressed anger and also concern for the effects of White Lady’s poaching. She says that this can upset the entire Canyon pack’s dynamic, and also, visitors to Yellowstone will miss out on seeing this beautiful female wolf.
The National Park Investigative Services are offering rewards and investigating the crime, as White Lady was shot 70 miles outside of where Wyoming allows shooting wolves on sight. This is such a tragedy, and I hope that White Lady’s killer is found.
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