Hikers in Yellowstone National Park spotted a bundle of luminous white fur lying on the ground last month. It was a famous wolf, known as The White Lady, and she had been shot.
She was alive, and no one knew how long she'd been suffering. But when officials came to help her, she was beyond hope. The humane thing to do was to put the 12-year-old wolf, a leader of the Canyon pack, out of her suffering.
The White Lady leaves behind the 14 surviving children she mothered during her lifetime, and her mate, whom she was with for nine years.