Have you ever heard wolves grieve? I have. And I don’t ever want to have to hear it again.
Last week, just beyond the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park in my home state of Montana, beloved 7-year-old female wolf “Spitfire” was slaughtered—legally—by a trophy hunter. Soon afterward, I received an audio recording of her pack taken in the days after her death. The mournful sound is heartbreaking.
Spitfire’s death isn’t just a tragedy for you, me, and our fellow wolf advocates—it’s also a harbinger of more to come if we don’t act to save America’s wolves. The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed a bill to take gray wolves off the endangered species list. If the Senate follows suit, more wolves, like those in the Northern Cascades and California, will be trophy hunted—and there will be a lot more Spitfires.