Confirmed: Wolf killed in Utah was Grand Canyon’s Echo

Echo, photographed in October on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (Image: Arizona Game and Fish Department)
Echo, photographed in October on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (Image: Arizona Game and Fish Department)

The Arizona Republic confirmed two days ago that the gray wolf shot and killed in Utah on December 28 was the wolf first seen in October near the Grand Canyon. She was identified through DNA testing.

School children in Arizona had named her Echo; she was the first gray wolf seen in Arizona in more than 70 years.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service had designated her “914F” when she was collared near Cody, Wyoming, on Jan. 8, 2014. She traveled some 450 miles between then and her first appearance in Arizona in October.

Echo was killed in the Tushar Mountains outside of Beaver, Utah, about 200 miles north of the Grand Canyon. The hunter claimed he mistook the protected 3-year-old animal for a coyote. The incident is still under investigation.

Three years in jail for killing a 3-year-old wolf … works for me.

Echo on Oct. 27 near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. (Image: Arizona Game and Fish Department)
Echo on Oct. 27 near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. (Image: Arizona Game and Fish Department)

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Confirmed: Wolf killed in Utah was Grand Canyon’s Echo

  1. Could not click like. Too sad. Such a loss and reckless waste. Will be nearly impossible to convict if no witness testimony. My heart is broken all over again… had to hope it wasn’t her. Thanks for breaking the sad news. Somehow it helps to share the loss here.

    1. It doesn’t require much compassion to love and respect beauty and wildness. But evidently even a tiny bit was too much for this hunter to muster. In fact, he must have either greed, in thinking he’d get a bounty for killing a coyote, or hate for killing a wolf just for being a wolf.

... and that's my two cents