In mid-April hikers traversing through Yellowstone National Park discovered a mortally wounded wolf and immediately alerted park officials. After an initial assessment, officials euthanized the animal due to the severity of its injuries.
In the time since a necropsy had been performed on the carcass, which was one of only three known white wolves that resided within the park’s boundaries. A member of the Canyon Pack, the necropsy revealed that the animal suffered a gunshot wound somewhere in the northern region of the park.
“Due to the serious nature of this incident, a reward of up to $5,000.00 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.
The animal was believed to have lived approximately 12 years, which is twice the age of the average wolf inside Yellowstone. According to reports, the wolf was well known to park staff and visitors alike, often allowing for photographic opportunities.
In addition to the $5,000 reward offered by the park, the Montana-based Wolves of the Rockies group stepped forward with an additional $5,000 in reward money, bringing the total reward to $10,000.
If you have information about this incident that could help with this investigation, please contact the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch (ISB). Your tips will be confidential. You don’t have to tell them who you are, but please tell them what you know: