(Yellowstone) - In 1995 and 1996, 31 grey wolves from Canada were relocated to Yellowstone National Park as a part of the reintroduction program. Now, the latest issue of Yellowstone Science
celebrates wolf restoration and many of the scientific research projects
and findings on wolves of Yellowstone since reintroduction, more than 20
“The restoration of wolves to the Yellowstone area was a transformational
event because it completed the restoration of native, large carnivores in
the ecosystem, which is a remarkable, though controversial, achievement,”
said Wildlife & Aquatic Resources Branch Chief, Yellowstone Center for
Resources, P.J. White.
According to Yellowstone, the issue offers a “view into the complicated,
rewarding world of bringing wildness back" wrote Doug Smith, the issue’s
guest editor and Yellowstone’s Wolf Project leader.
The issue begins with thoughts about lessons learned since wolf
reintroduction from former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, who
oversaw the reintroduction in 1995. Additional articles present recent
research on wolf territoriality and inter-pack aggression, infectious
diseases, and wolf predation dynamics. A comprehensive list of wolf facts,
thoughts about wolf-watching from longtime park employee Rick McIntyre, and
the cover artwork of Emily Harrington make this issue a compelling read for
anyone interested in learning about wolves and their influence on
Yellowstone National Park.
The issue is available to read at nps.gov/yellowstonescience.
*Feature Photo: h/t Holly Kuchera / shutterstock / Pitchengine Communities*
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