Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Yellowstone Gray Wolf Euthanized

It's 2011....and people are still feeding wild animals!

A habituated gray wolf believed to be conditioned to human foods was killed by Yellowstone National Park staff on October 8th.

Since July, the 110-pound male wolf had approached staff and visitors at close range at least seven times and had been unsuccessfully hazed each time from the Fishing Bridge developed areas. The wolf was a member of Mollie's Pack from the Pelican Valley area, and was estimated to be between 2 and 4 years old.

The decision to remove the wolf came following a history of fearless behavior in the presence of humans, repeated visitation to developed areas within the park and numerous unsuccessful hazing attempts. Each of these factors was indicative of the wolf's potential habituation to human food, which posed an increased risk to park visitors and staff.

Efforts to relocate food-conditioned animals have generally proven unsuccessful because they simply return to the areas from which they were removed.

What does it take for people to understand that feeding wildlife is bad for the animal, and potentially bad for other people? You can read the rest of the press release by clicking here.


Jeff
HikingintheSmokys.com

3 comments:

Mama-Bug said...

I hate it when any wildlife has to be put down because of careless, thoughtless humans!

The Smoky Mountain Hiker said...

MB - agree. Parks and wildlife experts have been preaching this for decades now, but it doesn't seem to sink in with a large percent of the population. You might recall the bear at Laurel Falls that had to be put down a year or 2 ago b/c it became too habitutated to people feeding it.

Mamahugspreacher said...

But did the wolf express aggressive behavior?