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Banned poison claimed life of wolf 341F in Colorado

[large thumbnail url=”banned-poison-claimed-life-of-wolf-341f-in-colorado” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”01″ day=”12″] [thumbnail icon url=”banned-poison-claimed-life-of-wolf-341f-in-colorado” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”01″ day=”12″] Collared Yellowstone wolf, 341F, travelled thousands of miles, finally reaching Colorado, only to be killed after ingesting something laced with the illegal poison Compound 1080.

In the latter part of 2008, an 18-month-old wolf in Yellowstone set off on an incredible journey. One which would take her over 3,000 miles and bring her eventually to Colorado.

Wolf 341F was fitted with a GPS-tracking collar which allowed experts to follow her remarkable progress. 

By February of 2009, 341F had covered thousands of miles, visited five different states, and was just 120 miles west of Colorado capital city, Denver.

We watched with much interest, and hoped for the best. It had been literally decades since a wolf had been confirmed to be here. 

Wolves don’t typically disperse more than one hundred miles from their original pack while looking for a mate and new territory, which made 341F’s journey not just epic, but incredibly unusual.

By the end of March, the transmissions from the radio collar stopped moving, and that signified what we all feared the most. 341F was dead. After almost two years, we now know why, and the result of the investigation only serves to make the whole story that much more tragic.

 A quote from Gary Wockner, at the time, as he spoke about her death:

“This adventurous wolf sparked Colorado’s imagination. She made us think about what Colorado is missing without its wolves.” – Gary Wockner (formerly of the Colorado Wolf Working Group)

If you ask many Colorado wolf advocates, they will cite this moment as the catalyst which caused them to become so passionate about wolves.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the results of their close-to two year investigation. They revealed that a toxicology analysis completed by the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory revealed that 341F died after ingesting a banned substance, a poison known as Compound 1080.

So dangerous is Compound 1080 that it was banned in 1972. Inexplicably, there are some states allowed for the poison to be legal in 1985, but only if used under strict regulations.

This evil substance should have been removed from the face of the planet, and I would hate to think what backroom deals were made to bring it back.

Colorado was not one of those states, however, and the substance remains completely illegal in the state.

With the investigation complete, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking for help from the public to track down who used the banned substance in Colorado.

If you know of any information which could help in this investigation, please contact the Colorado Division of Wildlife:

(877) 265-6648 or
(720) 981-2777

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