A female wolf, R-11 of the Soda Butte pack, was shot Saturday, March 30, near Meeteetse, Wyoming. The animal was sent to the Fish and Wildlife Service s National Forensics Laboratory to verify cause of death, condition of animal, and other biological information. It is not know at this time when the lab will have this information available.
Wolf R-11, identified as an adult wolf, gray in color, weighing 92 pounds when first released, was last seen on February 10, 1996, in the Slough Creek drainage just north of Yellowstone National Park. On a monitoring flight by biologists with Yellowstone National Park on February 27, R-11 was not seen. Additional monitoring flights were conducted without locating wolf R-11. Late in February, a more intensive flight, covering a much larger area, including Shoshone National Forest and Cody, was conducted with no sighting of R-11. In March, flights to monitor all pack locations, but specifically concentrating on locating R-11 continued almost daily, weather allowing until the end of the month. No flights have been conducted by the Park since March 28 because of inclement weather. Biologists with Yellowstone National Park plan to conduct a flight today or tomorrow, if weather permits.
The Soda Butte pack was last located just outside the Park s northeast boundary on March 28 in the Absaroka-Bear-tooth Wilderness. Some of the local ranchers in the Nye Valley, adjacent to the Beartooth wilderness, were notified of the pack s movement in the valley as agreed upon during earlier discussions.
As the investigation proceeds, additional information will be provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Attorney s office.
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