At the time of her death, Yellowstone's '06 Female was the most famous, most photographed, most beloved wolf in the world. I first photographed her when she was two years old. She was out on her own and had just made her first known solo elk kill. This was a unique accomplishment for any two year old wolf or any wolf for that matter, male or female. Since then she had gained the attention of wolfwatchers from around the world. Her independence, intelligence, and leadership set her apart. She was my favorite. I will miss her the most of all the wolves that have gone before.
It is hard to digest the ignorance that has led to this tragic event. The reckless, irresponsible stewardship of these missrepresented animals is unacceptible.
To help transition from mourning her death, to celibrating her life. I have partnered with renowned guitarist John Sheldon who has written a beautiful piece in tribute to her memory titled, "Wolf 06".
"I wanted to make a tribute. I'll never know if I connected to some great wolf spirit, or just the wolf spirit in me, but what's the difference? The piece is my offering to wildlife and wolf lovers of the world. It's what I have to give." – John Sheldon, Composer of "Wolf 06"
It is now the soundtrack to the slideshow.
I have also added thirteen previously unreleased photos to this gallery.
In addition, I have made a post on my blog about my experience with the '06 Female over the years, and since her death. I invite you to take a read.
Guestbook for In Memory of '06 Female Wolf / 832f / She Wolf
Beautiful story. Super sad ending, your pictures are truly amazing. She is beautiful.
pourquoi tuer la beauté, la perfection, pourquoi ? l'humain ne voit-il que par la destruction ? it's sad, so sad. see you later in the sky, my beauty, where all is perfect
I watched her in the Lamar. I am fortunate to be one of those who actually saw her in the wild. Now, I follow the saga of 755M. I got a good look at him in September of 2014. The best wishes for his health and safety.
I have a picture of her grandfather hanging on a wall in my home. So happy to see her life celebrated in your photographs. Her spirit will live in YNP as does her grandfather's.
Beautiful photos!! I miss this gal. She was a great wolf. I watched her when she came to the Lamar, mixing with 755 & 754 in the winter. The Druid gals tried running her off. She wouldn't budge. The boys chose her over the Druid gals and the Druids were history.