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The wolf, which left the island via ice bridge, was found dead on February 8.
Although it's not known who shot the wolf or where, the animal was "likely shot by someone trying to scare it away," said Liz Valencia, park service chief of interpretation and cultural resources at Isle Royale National Park.Prior to her death, Isabelle was radio-collared as part of a long-term wolf tracking study being conducted by the National Park Service and Michigan Technological University. Isle Royale hosts a population of eight or nine wolves, divided into two packs.
Valencia said such a shooting did not violate tribal regulations and she was not aware of any investigation or pending charges over the animal's death.