U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

NEWS RELEASE


U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
134 UNION BOULEVARD
LAKEWOOD, COLORADO 80228

February 12, 1996

Michael Smith 303-236-7905
Sharon Rose 303-236-7905

Adult Wolf from the Soda Butte Pack Found Dead Near Pinedale, Wyoming

An adult wolf, number R-12, from the Soda Butte pack in Yellowstone National Park, was found dead Sunday, February 11, approximately 20 miles northwest of Pinedale, Wyoming. The cause of death will not be released until confirmed by the wildlife forensics lab. The carcass is being shipped today to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service s Clark R. Bavin National Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, for further examination. Preliminary results are expected back later this week.

The animal was found by a snowmobiler along side county road 112, also known as Horse Creek Road. The county sheriff s department was notified early Sunday morning and the state game warden arrived at the sight around 9:30 a.m. Investigators with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are hopeful that others may have information about the cause of death because the site is a popular recreational area for snowmobiling. If any individual has information concerning this animal and the cause of death, please call Roy Brown, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Lander Office, 307-332-7607.

Wolf R-12 , a male with black pelage or fur, was seen alive on Saturday, February 10, along Hwy 191, approximately 4 or 5 miles north of Pinedale in the bottom area of the Green River.


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