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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Shooting Of White Lady Wolf With 14 Pups At Yellowstone National Park Prompts Reward For Information

The shooting of a rare white wolf has sparked outcry as a reward for information climbed to $10,000 (£7,750). The female was one of three white wolves in Yellowstone National Park, in the US.

She had 14 living pups and had be put down as a result of her injuries, wildlife officials said. The so-called 'White Lady' was shot around April 10 when she was 12-years-old. She had lived for more than twice the average lifespan of a wolf in Yellowstone.

"She was one of the most recognisable wolves and sought after by visitors to view and photograph," the park said. "Due to the serious nature of this incident, a reward of up to $5,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for this criminal act."


A wolf advocacy group matched the $5,000 reward offer from the park. The animal was found by hikers on April 11 but officials were unable to save her life.

Her remains were brought to a US Fish & Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Oregon, where officials determined it had been wounded by a hunter's rifle.

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