A wolf beloved not only by Yellowstone National Park visitors but by its staff and a direct descendant of the first wolves to inhabit the park was ‘legally’ killed by a trophy hunter.
The wolf was seven years old and represented a legendary lineage of wolfs from the American national park.
The famous she-wolf ‘Spitfire’ died at the hands of a hunter near the Yellowstone National Park last weekend less than 10 kilometers from the boundaries of the Park, reports The New York Times
The 7-year-old female wolf was officially named “Lamar Canyon Wolf Pack member 926F,” but was better known by her legendary nickname “Spitfire.”
Spitfire was the daughter of 832F — famously known as “06,” her birth year — who was also legally killed by a hunter in 2012, according to Yellowstone Wolf’s Lamar Canyon Pack page.
832F was famous because of her tendency to appear along roads commonly used by tourists and was considered “the most famous wolf in the world,” according to the New York Times.
The park’s famed wolf was also known as the inspiration behind the book American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West.
“One of the big reasons 926 is so very important to so many people is her lineage, which goes back to the very beginning,” explained Rick McIntyre, a retired staff member of the Yellowstone Wolf Project.
The wolf, however, was killed legally say, experts.
The death of 926 has given new impetus to the calls to create a protective area around Yellowstone so that the wolves that live there do not run the risk of being hunted.
“Everybody’s mourning, everybody’s thinking about what to do to stop this madness,” said Karol Miller, who founded a group of wolf lovers on Facebook called The 06 Legacy.
“People love the Lamar Canyon Pack, and people know 06 from her New York Times obituary. These are the descendants of 06, her legacy. People love those wolves.”