Gray wolf travels more than 500 miles, then gets shot in Utah

Long trip, sad ending. A 3-year-old female gray wolf, after traveling more than 500 miles from Wyoming, was shot and killed in southwestern Utah after a hunter apparently mistook her for a coyote, state officials said Monday.

The wolf had been radio-collared in January near Cody, Wyo., and was shot on Sunday near the south end of the Tushar Mountains, near Beaver, Utah, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The hunter notified officials after noticing the wolf's tracking collar, officials said.

The wolf could be the same one from the northern Rocky Mountains spotted just north of the Grand Canyon National Park in November, said one area wildlife activist, Kirk Robinson, executive director of the Western Wildlife Conservancy, a nonprofit in Utah.

"There were at least two wolves in the region that had radio collars," Robinson told the Los Angeles Times. "This could be either of them, or it could be a third one."

Gray wolves are endangered in much of the U.S. and are not generally known to inhabit most of Utah. Killing endangered animals can incur fines or prison time under the Endangered Species Act.

"We are still investigating, but it seems initially that it was a case of mistaken identity," said Division of Wildlife Resources director Greg Sheehan told the Salt Lake Tribune, adding that federal officials would handle the investigation.

State and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment Monday afternoon.

The Tribune reported that this was the first reported death of a in Utah since were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park and Idaho in the 1990s.

Robinson raised doubts that the gray wolf could easily be mistaken for a .

"Wolves are quite a bit bigger than coyotes," Robinson told the Times. "Even a small wolf like this is twice as big as your average coyote."

Robinson added that a Utah state program that pays out $50 bounties to hunters for killing coyotes - in order to keep down the predator population - may create greater risks for other animals, like wolves, that could potentially be mistaken for coyotes.


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Dec 30, 2014
This is a very sad story. A single wolf traveling for hundreds of miles and then being killed by a hunter that cannot tell a wolf, a wolf with a tracking collar no less from a coyote. Not only does the "sport" of shooting coyotes for pleasure endanger wolves but also domestic dogs. Since hunters seem to shoot forts and verify species later. The best solution would be to pull coyotes form the predator list and make them illegal to hunt also. If these grown men with high powered rifles cannot distinguish one species from another then they need to be prevented from shooting anything in the canis family.

Dec 31, 2014
This is a very sad story.Not only does the "sport" of shooting coyotes for pleasure endanger wolves but also domestic dogs. Since hunters seem to shoot forts and verify species later. If these grown men with high powered rifles cannot distinguish one species from another then they need to be prevented from shooting anything in the canis family.

Only if people who can't proofread their comments lose their keyboards forever.
From the article "Robinson added that a Utah state program that pays out $50 bounties to hunters for killing coyotes "
That you jump to the conclusion that the hunter was simply after "sport" or are "grown men with high powered rifles" is indicative of your sloppy logic processes. Hunters are often farmers or are asked by farmers to control animals and aren't gun crazy murderers no matter what you "think". It would seem plausible that if a hunter had never expected or even seen a wolf before he may make a mistaken identification it in certain situations.

Dec 31, 2014
Really some hunters so retarded they can't distinguish a wolf from a coyote? And police who can't distinguish a black man from a suspect so they unload their gun chambers on him? How do these people remember to breathe?

Dec 31, 2014
It would seem plausible that if a hunter had never expected or even seen a wolf before he may make a mistaken identification it in certain situations.


You are exactly right Rock-Skippy. Especially since the article says this in him,

are not generally known to inhabit most of Utah.


Dec 31, 2014
Skippy enablers that would make the case even more obvious to the skippy, if he had function brain matter and wasn't brainwashed by a masonic cult that taught the remainder of the world was filled with heretics so spying upon them from Bluffdale, UT was the work of the Lord

Key sign of if declining empire is rewarding stupid skippies while foreign students find far superior educations elsewhere

Dec 31, 2014
Skippy enablers that would make the case even more obvious to the skippy, if he had function brain matter and wasn't brainwashed by a masonic cult that taught the remainder of the world was filled with heretics so spying upon them from Bluffdale, UT was the work of the Lord

Key sign of if declining empire is rewarding stupid skippies while foreign students find far superior educations elsewhere


Well Happy New Years to you too Skippy. How you are? Judging by your bad mood this year the New Year has to be better, eh?

Anyway what the heck do foreign students getting foreign educations got to do with wolves in Utah? Long as they keep their foreign wolves out of here, why you care where they get the foreign educations?

Dec 31, 2014
Skippy enablers that would make the case even more obvious to the skippy, if he had function brain matter and wasn't brainwashed by a masonic cult that taught the remainder of the world was filled with heretics so spying upon them from Bluffdale, UT was the work of the Lord

Key sign of if declining empire is rewarding stupid skippies while foreign students find far superior educations elsewhere


Well Happy New Years to you too Skippy. How you are? Judging by your bad mood this year the New Year has to be better, eh?

Anyway what the heck do foreign students getting foreign educations got to do with wolves in Utah? Long as they keep their foreign wolves out of here, why you care where they get the foreign educations?
I care not about students in USA schools and apparently nobody does.

I am answering texts form all over the planet as we have two Christmases and three new years. So much sitting is bad. S novym godom!

Dec 31, 2014
Skippy enablers that would make the case even more obvious to the skippy, if he had function brain matter and wasn't brainwashed by a masonic cult that taught the remainder of the world was filled with heretics so spying upon them from Bluffdale, UT was the work of the Lord

Key sign of if declining empire is rewarding stupid skippies while foreign students find far superior educations elsewhere


Anyway what the heck do foreign students getting foreign educations got to do with wolves in Utah? Long as they keep their foreign wolves out of here, why you care where they get the foreign educations?


I care not about students in USA schools and apparently nobody does.

I am answering texts form all over the planet as we have two Christmases and three new years. So much sitting is bad. S novym godom!


Skippy have you been New Year drinking? What does heretics, foreign students, masons and 2 Christmases have to do with wolves in Utah?


Dec 31, 2014
Orthodox Christmas day in Russia is 7th January with the Catholic one on December 25th and there is only 1 official New years day on 1st January so why would you be answering messages from 2 Christmases and 3 New Years today? There are 11 Russian time zones so that ain't it...

I have to defer to Iras inference on this one...

Dec 31, 2014
Really some hunters so retarded they can't distinguish a wolf from a coyote?
Kochevnik
1- around where i live, they've interbred so that you can have coyote that look like wolves with really small feet
2- not all hunters are well versed in Wolf identification nor have they had experience given that the wolf is not as visible or prevalent in the wild as it once was
3- posting personal conjecture without evidence is not becoming, especially with regard to issues that you are making assumptions about when you've not taken the time to look up all the info, like your shooting comment: https://en.wikipe...el_Brown
Wilson said that he recognized that the two men matched the robbery suspect descriptions
you don't live here or near
you do not understand a LOT about the culture OR the situation
I care not about ...
but you sure like to post about it
even though you don't care

I'm with Ira on this one too

it's called TROLLING

Jan 01, 2015
Skippy enablers that would make the case even more obvious to the skippy, if he had function brain matter and wasn't brainwashed by a masonic cult that taught the remainder of the world was filled with heretics so spying upon them from Bluffdale, UT was the work of the Lord

Key sign of if declining empire is rewarding stupid skippies while foreign students find far superior educations elsewhere


Anyway what the heck do foreign students getting foreign educations got to do with wolves in Utah? Long as they keep their foreign wolves out of here, why you care where they get the foreign educations?
Skippy have you been New Year drinking? What does heretics, foreign students, masons and 2 Christmases have to do with wolves in Utah?
You never sexed a Mormon, Uncle? You managed to avoid an entire world of crazy!
it's called TROLLING
Posting on new year eve? It's called SAD

Jan 01, 2015
You never sexed a Mormon, Uncle? You managed to avoid an entire world of crazy!


No I never did that. Not that it is any of your business but Mrs-Ira-Skippy is the Catholic. I am not much religious me. And I am the crazy one from the two of us.

Posting on new year eve? It's called SAD


There is no need to be sad Kochech-Skippy. I had to work on the eve. Life is fine and dandy anyway.

Jan 03, 2015
It's very hard to tell the size of an animal from a distance in the woods. Underage bear regs take this into account. Both wolf and coyote coloring vary significantly throughout the year. And yes, coyotes are getting bigger and stockier as they occupy the niche traditionally inhabited by wolves.

So the mistake is understandable. And as coyotes endanger other animals both wild and domestic, they need to be hunted.

Jan 03, 2015
More killing!

We need more killing!

It's the American Way!

Jan 03, 2015
There is no need to be sad Kochech-Skippy. I had to work on the eve. Life is fine and dandy anyway.
That was for the Captain, Uncle. Sorry you had to work but at least you're not spending New Year eve alone in some basement. I work some holidays too but not when market is closed. And I work from a smartrphone

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