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After wolf kill, petition to create Yellowstone ‘buffer zone’ gathers thousands of signatures

Posted at 5:20 PM, Dec 06, 2018
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:50:51-04

BILLINGS- A petition to create a buffer zone around Yellowstone National Park has been created after a beloved wolf was legally killed by a hunter when she wandered outside the park’s boundary.

The Care2 petition has gathered over 41,000 signatures.

Officials with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks said the Nov. 26 kill of the wolf named Spitfire, a female alpha, was a legal harvest.

The killing of Spitfire has reignited the debate between wolf advocates and critics about a “buffer zone.”

Montana law requires an act from the state Legislature to create such a zone.