On Jan. 20, 2014, a Wyoming resident shot and killed a wolf.
That, in itself, was not remarkable; Westerners kill wolves all the time. But this incident was different. This particular wolf, a 2-year-old male, was slain under a confusing set of circumstances: on the grounds of a private inholding within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park.
So begins my latest feature for High Country News, in which I trace how a single slain canine spurred a major management change in one of America’s most contentious national parks. Read more here.