Hunter kills the last of the Druid wolves – Jackson Hole News&Guide: Environmental

When the wolf known as 778M was in his heyday atop the Blacktail Pack, competing canines that ventured into his territory in Yellowstone’s Northern Range weren’t likely to be greeted with submission.The unusually large alpha male was fiercely defensive and protective.“He would fight at the drop of the hat, and he was willing to run right into battle,” Yellowstone Wolf Project Biological Technician Rick McIntyre said.“In defense of his family and his territory,” McIntyre said, “he was very aggressive.”The size, aggression and smarts led 778M to a long, productive life, in wolf terms. At 9 1/2 years old, 778M was among the oldest known male wolves since the large carnivore species was reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park 21 years ago. Before being shot and killed by a Montana hunter last month, the big alpha was also the last living member of the Druid Peak Pack, which grew to an almost unheard of 37 animals, was witnessed by 100,000 visitors and helped make wolf-watching into big business.

Source: Hunter kills the last of the Druid wolves – Jackson Hole News&Guide: Environmental

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