The Wandering Wolf

From the Flathead Beacon in Kalispell, Montana:

The story of how a tattered leather research collar from Banff National Park turned up in a snow-choked drainage west of Kalispell begins more than two decades ago, in the autumn of 2001, when a juvenile female gray wolf began transmitting valuable tracking data to biologists with Parks Canada.

The researchers were studying wolf dispersal and how the cross-country treks of lone wolves can improve genetic diversity among a keystone species in recovery. Their research methods occasionally involved tracking the large carnivores on epic transboundary journeys, which criss-crossed a patchwork of management regimes and jurisdictions as individual wolves moved between places of protection and peril.

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