The Voyageurs Wolf Project shared on the unfortunate news on their Facebook page that someone illegally shot and killed a breeding female wolf.

If you haven't heard of The Voyageurs Wolf Project, it started as a University of Minnesota research project. The project includes the area in and around Voyageurs National Park, in northern Minnesota. The project studies wolves and their prey during the summer and to provide a comprehensive understanding of the summer ecology of wolves in the Greater Voyageurs Ecosystem in the Greater Voyageurs Ecosystem.

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This female is now the fourth collared wolf of the project to be illegally killed in the past two years. If it wasn't for the GPS-collar, this horrific incident might have gone undetected.

The female was apart of a breeding pair and called the Tamarack Pack. Shortly after the female was killed, the male became a lone wolf and has since wandered around the study area.

Since the Tamarack Pack is no more, the territory they where in will be most likely be taken over soon. Vacant territories do not remain empty for long in the area. You can check out the full Facebook post here.

Researchers of the project ask if anyone has any information regarding this female wolf, they are asked to call the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource's turn-in poachers tip line at 1-800-652-9093.

The project is really cool and about a year ago, they shared the first-ever camera collar footage from a wild wolf (to their knowledge). So if you want see what it's like in the day of wolf, check it below:

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