A beautiful seven-year-old black female wolf, well known to Yellowstone National Park officials, has been tragically killed by a trophy hunter. The disturbing news has been confirmed by The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

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Named Spitfire, she was killed legally just a few miles from the protected Yellowstone lands. Within the Yellowstone National Park, hunters are prohibited from shooting at wolves. Sadly, since Spitfire was less than five miles from Yellowstone’s northeast entrance when she was fatally shot, this is considered a legal kill.

Those who loved Spitfire affectionately dubbed her “Queen of the Lamar Valley.” Her mother, also well known, was called the “most famous wolf in the world.” She was the alpha female within the Lamar Canyon pack, which came from Canada and were the first pack of wolves to be reintroduced to the park.

Spitfire was labeled 926F and took over as alpha female when her mother was killed in 2012 by a trophy hunter.

Karol Miller, founder of The 06 Legacy posted a tribute to Spitfire on Facebook,  stating, “926F showed incredible strength, courage and resilience in everything she did. She had a special bond with her daughter Little T and they stayed together all these years.”

The killing of Spitfire has prompted those in favor of border protection around the national park to step forward. Montana lawmakers have passed legislation that prohibits this. Sadly, this will continue until there is change for the wolves.

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What you can do, according to Animal Rescue Site, is “make brief, polite phone calls to your two U.S. Senators and one U.S. Representative and ask them to ensure that the final FY19 spending package does not contain harmful provisions that undermine the Endangered Species Act, such as delisting gray wolves.”