BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A wolf pack that was once Yellowstone National Park’s most viewed and prolific group of wolves is dying, with only one wolf left.
Yellowstone National Park wolf biologist Doug Smith says the Druid Peak pack is kaput. Two months ago there were 11 wolves in the pack. But Smith says the alpha female was killed by another pack, and that prompted the alpha male to wander off rather than breed with his offspring.
Smith says all but one of the remaining animals have died either from mange or been killed by other packs. Smith predicts the remaining wolf won’t make it through the winter.
The pack was highly visible to park visitors, researchers and filmmakers. Gardiner, Mont. filmmaker Bob Landis has based three films on the pack.