"Our primary goal, and that of the states, is to ensure that gray wolf populations in the Northern Rocky Mountains remain healthy, giving future generations of Americans the chance to hear its howl echo across the area," said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe in a prepared statement, at the time of the decision.
Officials are meeting on Montana today to discuss what has happened so far in the season and to assess whether regulation changes are necessary.
"We don't want to close any area off if we don't have to. But if we keep losing collared wolves ... management becomes difficult," Montana wildlife commissioner Shane Colton told The Associated Press. "We want to do this first trapping seaons right."
"We're not looking for a buffer. We're looking for quotas," Bean said. "We want to find balance."
Despite the loss of a beloved alpha wolf, advocates are optimistic about the future of the pack.
"She leave a good line of pups that she taught well," Bean said. "Her legacy will go on. We will have great wolves. We've had great wolves before her and we'll have great wolves that will follow her."
ABC News' Russell Goldman contributed to this report.