The over-arching message: Wolves are resilient and they are here to stay.
Montana counted 627 wolves -- two more than in 2012. Wyoming has about 200 in 30 packs, almost all in Greater Yellowstone, where the hunting quota was cut in half in 2013.
More good news: Livestock depredation was down 27 percent in Montana.
This all comes on the heels of an earlier Yellowstone Wolf Project report that no collared wolves that frequent the park were taken by hunters this past fall. Project officials reported that Yellowstone now has 86 wolves and had its best pup season yet.
Overview: Nearly 1,700 wolves roam the Northern Rockies, in 250 packs with more than 110 breeding pairs. Nearly 500 call Greater Yellowstone home and more than 80 wolves live within Yellowstone National Park.
GYC continues to monitor wolf numbers in Greater Yellowstone. Meanwhile, Yellowstone wolves are still playing their ecological role.
A report from Oregon State University plant researchers William J. Ripple and Bob Beschta reinforces the belief that the wolf has been the primary factor in the improved health of aspen, willow, and cottonwood trees in Yellowstone National Park's Northern Range. This in turn has benefitted such Yellowstone wildlife as beaver, bison, pronghorn, songbirds, raptors, and trout.
The return of the wolf has changed elk behavior and reduced some herds, but overall numbers remain strong in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. According to Yellowstone biologist Doug Smith, the Yellowstone herds remain healthy de
It's about time we had some good news about the wolves.
Wolves not hunters, or ranchers should be what
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That is so true, TAS. Let the ecosystem take care of itself. It did before man got here and will continue to do so if left alone.