Montana's backcountry wolf hunt is in progress in the remote Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness along the northern border of Yellowstone National Park. The hunt began on September 15th and 9 wolves have already been killed. The wolf quota for this area was set at 12 so a surprising number of wolves have been killed in a very short period of time. Among the casualties is Yellowstone's Cottonwood Pack. This is a huge blow to wolf watchers and researchers from around the world who flock to Yellowstone to behold wild wolves in action. The Cottonwood pack's breeding female, 527F, was daughter of legendary breeding pair 21M and 42F, two famous Yellowstone wolves many have seen on PBS and the Discovery Channel. 527F was 7 years old. As Montana's inaugural wolf hunt continues, wolf advocates remain hopeful that the ongoing hunt is only a temporary setback on the road to restoring federal protections for the northern Rocky Mountain wolves.
To learn more about the Cottonwood Pack, please visit Ralph Maughan’s Wildlife News