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Wolf Struck and Killed by Vehicle in Yellowstone National Park

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Date: May 9, 2007
Contact: Nash, (307) 344-2010
Contact: Vallie, (307) 344-2012

A three-year-old male wolf from the Mollie’s pack was struck and killed by a car Sunday night in Yellowstone National Park.The carcass was discovered just after 9:00 p.m. near Le Hardy Rapids north of Yellowstone Lake. 


The driver who struck the wolf did not report the accident.However, a necropsy revealed a broken leg, massive internal injuries and blood in the wolf’s mouth, consistent with a vehicle strike.


If anyone has any information on this accident, please call Yellowstone’s Communication Center at (307) 344-7381.


Visitors and employees are reminded to obey the speed limit and be extremely cautious when driving through the park, especially in the late evening and early morning hours and during rain or snow, as wildlife are more difficult to see under these conditions.  If you do accidentally strike wildlife in the park or are witness to an accident, please report the incident immediately at the nearest ranger station.

Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.