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Last collared Druid Peak wolf shot near Butte

[large thumbnail url=”last-collared-druid-peak-wolf-shot-near-butte” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”25″] [thumbnail icon url=”last-collared-druid-peak-wolf-shot-near-butte” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”25″] Wolf #690 was the last known member of the Druid Peak pack wolf known to have survived the collapse of her once powerful and popular Yellowstone Park pack.

She was a small black wolf, sick with mange and unable to find a new pack to accept her. She traveled miles and was shot by a rancher near Butte.

From the Billings Gazette article:

Yellowstone Park wolf killed near Butte
by Nick Gevock of the Montana Standard

BUTTE – Wolf number 690 from Yellowstone National Park had seen her pack ravaged by disease and attacks by other wolf packs before she wandered south of Butte and started attacking cattle.

The 2-year-old female that was stricken with mange was shot recently by a rancher when he spotted the black wolf attacking cattle.

State wildlife officials inspected the collared wolf and found she was from the former Druid Peak pack, which no longer exists after members caught mange and then dispersed into the hostile territory of other packs.

“We had the last location with her in March, then she disappeared,” said Erin Albers, a biologist with the Yellowstone wolf project. “We were searching for her, and we were just assuming that she had left the park. But we didn’t expect her to go to Butte.”

Read the entire article as it appears on billingsgazette.com: Yellowstone Park wolf killed near Butte

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