It is not certain how wolf R12 died. The
body has been sent to the same Ashland, OR
laboratory that autopsied wolf B13 from Idaho
last year and the calf the dead wolf was
originally thought to have killed.
Wolf R12 was found dead near Sublette (Wyoming)
country road 112 between Daniel and Merna. I
assume this would be near Horse Creek in the
foothills of the Wyoming Range of mountains.
There was no obvious reason why the wolf had
died. Investigating officers were surprised
by the size of the wolf. As I had reported
several times, the wolf weighed at least
130 pounds when it left the Yellowstone Park
A news article in the "Jackson Hole News"
quoted Wyoming Game and Fish officer Bernie
Holtz from Pinedale, WY, as saying, "I don't
sense the wolf hatred here you hear about
in other places."
© Ralph Maughan
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