The exact cause of death for the Imnaha wolf found dead in early March is unclear.
Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory ran several tests on the carcass looking for injuries, disease and toxins but test results did not point to a specific cause of death.
The only abnormal finding was some internal hemorrhage in the wolf’s chest cavity. Forensic analysis did not point to a clear cause of the hemorrhage but biologists believe the hemorrhage may have contributed to the wolf’s death.
While the cause of the wolf’s death is unclear, wildlife managers acknowledge that capture-related deaths of wildlife can happen.
What happened to this poor baby? Nakoowolf, what could it be? Could it be from the collaring drugs or the collaring action? Geez. Aortic dissection and pulmonary embelism would fill the chest cavity with blood. Run free, wolf puppy.
I would venture to guess that it was capture related. What are the odds that it wasn't? The Wolf could have injured itself trying to get away when they were chasing it. Another thing that could have happened is that when the Wolf returned to the pack it was attacked. When you remove a Wolf from a pack for any length of time the pack does chastise the animal when he or she comes back.