By Pete Thomas
A white wolf famous among visitors to Yellowstone National Park has been euthanized after hikers found the animal dying and in shock near Gardiner, Montana.
“Staff on scene agreed the animal could not be saved due to the severity of its injuries,” P.J. White, Chief of the Wildlife and Aquatic Resources Branch, stated in a news release issued Friday.
The wolf was found Tuesday. The park is investigating what might have caused the initial trauma, and requesting information from anyone who might have witnessed suspicious behavior.
A park spokeswoman declined to elaborate on the nature of the animal's injuries, citing the ongoing investigation.
The 12-year-old female wolf was part of the Canyon Pack. She commonly ranged from the Hayden Valley to the Firehole River area in the northern end of the park.
Because of her brilliant white coat, she was sought after by visitors and photographers.
–Image is via Yellowstone National Park