Famous Yellowstone wolf ‘Spitfire’ killed by a trophy hunter
The hunting of a well known and loved pack member of the Lamar Canyon wolf pack, sparked a repeat on calls for a ‘no hunting’ buffer between Yellowstone and its invisible border with nearby lands.
Affectionately called Spitfire, the wild wolf captured the hearts of wolf watchers who had the pleasure of observing her in Yellowstone National Park.
#Trophy #hunter lured famous #Yellowstone wolf & shot her dead https://t.co/HaLz890O7p #Spitfire was killed less than five miles from PLEASE, need buffer zone around the hunting free zone of Yellowstone to protect the animals when they wander out so close from their safe areas!— PAWS Pet Foundation (@SupportPets) December 6, 2018
Known by the scientific community as 926F, 7-year-old Spitfire was one-time alpha female of the Lamar Canyon Pack, with a rather distinguished bloodline.
Another alpha female, known as 06, inspired the famous book, ’American Wolf: A True Story Of Survival and Obsession in the West.’ She too got tragically killed by hunters six years ago, much like Spitfire, but they had much more in common than that, 06 was Spitfire’s mother.
A famous Yellowstone wolf nicknamed “Spitfire” was recently shot dead by a trophy hunter outside the park. This could happen elsewhere in the U.S. if Congress and the Trump admin proceed with plans to strip protections from these imperiled creatures. https://t.co/BI6cKPGW6K— Earthjustice (@Earthjustice) December 6, 2018
Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa.
The incident caused outrage among animal lovers across the U.S. and called for authorities to end legal wolf hunting around the area Spitfire got shot. The founder of the Facebook group, ‘The 06 Legacy,’ Karol Miller commented on the tragic death of Spitfire:
“Everybody's mourning, everybody's thinking about what to do to stop this madness. People love the Lamar Canyon Pack… People love those wolves.”
Beloved Yellowstone Wolf Spitfire Shot Dead In Legal Trophy Killing https://t.co/ZMYo2nBTBh— Joseph Barnett (@MNTRYJOSEPH) December 5, 2018
Karol posted an emotional tribute to Spitfire on Facebook when she captioned a beautiful picture of Spitfire running across the snow, with the collar wildlife researchers visible and wrote:
“Here she is running wild and free in the valley of the wolves with her pack nearby. That is how I always want to remember her. I wanted to let everyone in our family take a moment today to celebrate her in all her glory. May you always run wild and free as you always will in our hearts. Godspeed Spitfire.”
Alpha female known as Spitfire. One of Yellowstone’s iconic wolves shot about 5 miles outside the park in a hunt which was quite possibly illegal. Please let Montana know how you feel (and support Omnious Anne’s work there too) pic.twitter.com/0R7j2tUE5s— Pennydreadful🇺🇸🌊 (@podom1800) December 5, 2018
Since the wolves’ reintroduction into Yellowstone National Park in 1990, they became a significant tourist attraction. The park spans 3,500 square miles across the states of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho.
According to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department the hunter shot Spitfire near Cooke City, and it was legal. The department also added that the Lamar Canyon pack had shown signs of ‘habituation.’
Hunting inside Yellowstone National Park is illegal. However, Montana permits hunting by bow, trapping, or gun during the shooting season that runs from September until March.
But sometimes animals are in danger of being put in front of the crosshairs of a hunters rifle. Like 3-year-old Mufasa in South Africa, he is a white lion and a rare commodity and got confiscated from a private owner who had no permit to keep him.
Please #SIGN and SHARE the petition at the #bottom of the Article #urging the government to allow #MUFASA and #SORAYA to spend the #rest of their lives in a sanctuary!!— Gina (@redhed67) November 29, 2018
Mystery #Donor Could Spare Rare #WhiteLion from Trophy Hunters
The Rustenburg Wildlife Rehabilitation Center took him in and will take care of Mufasa until a permanent solution is found. However, that may include being sold off to the highest bidder. With Mufasa being infertile he has no breeding potential but can fetch a lot of money on the hunting market.
Thank you, mystery donor. Let’s keep track to make sure Mufasa and Soraya are safe. Animals are too precious to be passed off as trophy kills. https://t.co/ZqsudIrI8T— Kitty Karma Books (@BooksKittyKarma) November 23, 2018
"Shame on the pathetic sadist who pays the money to shoot this animal, and shame on the sniveling coward who accepts the money too. Both worthless."
"Please speak up for Mufasa and Soraya and implore South African government officials to do the right thing and let these healthy, vibrant lions LIVE and be moved to the sanctuary" https://t.co/kGCUolRrTD— Melissa Santucci (@melissasantucci) November 1, 2018
Revenge killing of particularly the larger type of animals, and predators have also left its mark, and it still occurs. Earlier in the year on July 14, 31-year-old Sugito entered a crocodile sanctuary in Sorong, looking for grass from his cattle, during his search he got attacked by a crocodile.
He died from his injuries, but in revenge to Sugito’s death, a mob entered the sanctuary and savagely slaughtered 292 crocodiles. Why are things like this allowed to happen?