Yellowstone’s beloved wild wolf ‘Spitfire’ is killed by a trophy hunter after wandering outside the national park
- A beloved wild wolf known as ‘Spitfire’ was killed by a trophy hunter when she wandered outside Yellowstone National Park.
- The seven-year-old wolf – known as Lamar Canyon Wolf Pack member 926F to scientists – was shot by a hunter in Montana last weekend.
- The wolf, also dubbed the Queen of the Lamar Valley by wolf enthusiasts, died the same way her famous mother, the alpha female wolf 832F, did in 2012.
- The leader of the Lamar Canyon pack, 832F was better known as 06 – a reference to the year she was born – and inspired the book American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West.
I mention the above article because they used one of my photos of ‘Spitfire’.
I also photographed her mother, dubbed “the most famous wolf in the world,” who met a similar fate in 2012, and whose obituary was chronicled in the NYT.
Wolf enthusiasts vs. wolf haters rank up near climate change in terms of polarization, and a good overview of the problem, should you be interested, is the above-mentioned book, American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West.
NOTE: Also included in the UK Daily Mail article are photos by Deby Dixon, acquaintance of mine, who posts daily from Yellowstone on a FB page you might be interested in.