Friday, July 15, 2016

Yellowstone marks 20 years since 'remarkable, though controversial' reintroduction of wolves

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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 years ago, reports REBOOT.

“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 on the National Park Service website.