Saturday, April 27, 2013

Famous Yellowstone elk likely killed by wolves

BILLINGS — A Yellowstone National Park bull elk featured in a BBC film has died after likely being killed by a wolf pack.
Park officials confirmed Tuesday that elk No. 10 was found dead near the Wraith Falls trailhead Saturday. He was believed to be between 16 and 18.

Gardiner, Mont.-based naturalist Jim Halfpenny told the Billings Gazette ( that the elk "held court" in the Mammoth Hot Springs area area starting in 2006, when he chased off another bull and took over a harem there. No. 10 became famous after being included in the BBC film on the Mammoth elk, "Street Fighters." Bulls are shown fighting each other and chasing off tourists.

No. 10 got his yellow numbered tag after being tranquilized in 2001 after getting caught in a badminton net at a school.