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Spot a Yellowstone Wolf? You Now Can Find its Family Tree and Genealogy Online

posted Jun 7, 2017, 6:46 PM by chloe owens

5/20/17, by Brett French, Independent Record

Spot a Yellowstone wolf? You now can find its family tree and genealogy online

Her parents may have been killed by her mate and his family. Her daughter was shot. Now she’s dead and her killing is under investigation. Although the details may sound like the story line for a soap opera, a Shakespearean play or even the historical dirty deeds of Europe’s competing monarchies, it’s actually the tale of one of Yellowstone National Park’s well-known wolves — the white alpha female of the Canyon pack. Now, details of the park’s individual wolves and their inter-relatedness can be found in one place: online at, a website formerly reserved for rooting out human family trees…The popularity of his genealogy charts became apparent to Halfpenny, a Gardiner-based biologist, after he started recording the lineage of Yellowstone’s wolves when they were first reintroduced to the park in 1995 and 1996.