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5 years ago

Thanks Mike and I hope lots of people watched it.   I want to see the movie Avatar.  Unfortunately I missed the show on television as I just got my computer restored and was offline for 4 days and am just finding out about it.

Thank you for posting. 

This post was modified from its original form on 19 Jan, 18:48
Nature -- Clash: Encounters of Bears and Wolves (In
5 years ago

Nature -- Clash: Encounters of Bears and Wolves

Check out this program tonite on PBS folks! It's
about the wolves and bears in Yellowstone.

Don't miss it!

Starts at 7pm GMT, to give you an idea what time
it starts, so use your local listings to find
out when it starts.

Check out the site for the program here:

Oh yeah and see Avatar. Great movie and you do
see wolf-like creatures in the movie.

Mike Wagner
Founder and Executive Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

6 years ago

Ahhh...that is perfectly understandable then, Runningfox.   It is for protection of both humans and wildlife.    Thank you for your response.

6 years ago

That area is near the east gate with  lot of traffic as well as one of the park visitors favorite gift shops is located there..This wolf pack is not afraid of humans and if they come into that area lots of them would probably get run over by gawkers driving by..When animals get near the roads in Yellowstone people in cars go nuts trying to take photos..I had a friend of mine roll down the glass on the passenger side and almost fell out taking photos of two bear cubs..She even jumped out of the car at one point and approached a big bull buffalo lying down in a field with two cows with younguns by their side..I told her she could have been killed by tht old bull trying to protect his wives and kids..People do strange things in Yellowstone when they see a wild animal and wolves and buffaloes are the two favorites.. Some get injured by being run over by people in cars not paying attention to driving..

6 years ago

I am so glad the wolves are being offered protection.   But Runningfox, is Mammoth Falls not big enough for wolves and humans?   I mean if there is more elk there to eat shouldn't it be safe for the wolves since they would eat elk and not cattle or domestic pets?   Or am I missing something?   I am not familiar with the living arrangements and pros and cons of wildlife vs. humans out west.

Thank you on this informative article.

This post was modified from its original form on 06 May, 13:19
Wolf pack moves to park's headquarters
6 years ago


This spring, a pack of wolves conditioned to humans has moved from the park's interior to near its Northeast Entrance, just south of Gardiner.

The pack of four wolves - three black males and one gray female - have denned just a quarter-mile east of Mammoth. As a result, wolves have been spotted around the small community - the same place the U.S. Army set up shop in 1891 to protect the park. The town includes the historic Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, a visitor center, shops, government offices and employee housing.

The pack migrated from Canyon off and on throughout the winter, Smith said, referring to the area around the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The small pack is likely the remnant of the nearby Hayden pack, which was a favorite with tourists in Hayden Valley because they were so visible.

But the Hayden pack's alpha male and female were killed by the nearby Mollie's pack from Pelican Valley. Confined to the east by the bison-killing wolves of Mollie's - some of the biggest wolves in the park - and the Gibbon Meadows pack to the west, the Hayden pack was under constant threat. Living close to humans, where the other wolves didn't venture, helped them to survive.

But after the alpha male and female were killed, most of the Hayden pack wolves moved west, outside of the park, and are now utilizing territory north of Hebgen Lake all the way to Big Sky in the Madison Mountains. The few stragglers who didn't leave, and a 7- to 8-year-old male from Mollie's, formed up to create the Canyon pack.

Last year, the Canyon pack's two pups were found in a culvert. The pack later moved the pups, but they likely died from a distemper outbreak that killed many of the park's pups. Smith was confident that the pack would return to Canyon to den this spring, because wolves are typically traditional about their den sites. But they proved him wrong.

"They started coming to Mammoth in the winter because there's more elk here," Smith said. "They learned the boundaries of the terrain around here real well."

Now, there are daily sightings of the three male wolves. The female has denned and given birth to pups, Smith predicted. Since the pups are blind and helpless for 10 to 14 days, the mother will remain with them. For another four to six weeks, the pack will be taking food to the den to feed the mother and eventually the pups.

To protect the pups, the den site has been posted off-limits to the public. And the park has put wolves in the same classification as bears when it comes to the distance visitors must maintain - 100 yards.

"We're trying to educate the public to not get too close," Smith said, because if the wolves become too used to humans, they'll have to be killed.

"We try to give them the protection they need. But when they get into Mammoth, we're trying to show them they are not welcome here."

So, Smith is tied to his cell phone, on constant alert for a call that the wolves have been sighted in the Mammoth area. When they are, he hopes to remind them that humans can be dangerous.

"We paintballed them in late January," he said, which acted as a deterrent. "But I've not gotten into them yet with what I call the heavy artillery - bean bags and rubber bullets. But I am itching to do that because they need a lesson."

Although taxing his time, the situation has proved one thing to Smith.

"The take-home message here is you can live with wolves - after all, this is a national park," he said. "We're expending the effort, but it can be done."

Contact Brett French at or at 657-1387.

Published on Saturday, May 02, 2009.

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6 years ago

That's correct, Runningfox.   And did you know that with the wolf's departure so did certain trees and animal species.   When the wolf was reintroduced those departed trees started growing again.   Isn't nature wonderful?

6 years ago
Yellowstone Wolf. 

Did You Know?
There were no wolves in Yellowstone in 1994. The wolves that were reintroduced in 1995 and 1996 thrived and there are now over 300 of their descendents living in the Greater Yellowstone Area.

Wolf bill gets early approval
6 years ago

The bill would maintain separate trophy game and predator zones for wolves in Wyoming. It would authorize the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission to work in cooperation with Idaho and Montana to move wolves as necessary to assure genetic interchange among the states' wolf populations.

The bill would bind Wyoming to maintaining at least seven breeding pairs of wolves outside of National Park Service lands in northwestern Wyoming. Or, if Wyoming entered into a management agreement with the Park Service, the bill would call for maintaining 15 breeding pairs on Park Service and state lands within Wyoming.

The bill would establish a process for the state Game and Fish Commission to alter the trophy game area as necessary. It would also revert to more lenient rules for ranchers in the trophy game zone, allowing them to shoot wolves that are threatening livestock.

7 years ago

So sad to hear about the deaths of the wolves.   Before when they were taken out of Yellowstone, not only they disappeared but so did certain types of trees not to mention various other animals.   Why don't these agencies learn that by them sticking their nose into things, it totally messes up the ecosystem not to mention kills some beautiful animals!   When the wolves were returned later, the former disappearing trees grew again.

Same with the bison.   Millions killed off to almost extinction and now that they have tried to make a comeback, the ranchers want them killed because of grazing and the 'so called' spread of brucelliosis.   However no one can name ONE instance of a bison giving it to cattle!   NOT ONE!


This post was modified from its original form on 12 Jan, 16:51
Regarding Wolves
7 years ago

How many years has it taken to get wolves back. They were slaughtered almost to extinction. That also includes the buffalo. Why is it always the poor ranchers that get the permits to kill,a mother a pup. Thats as bad as Sarah Palin aerial shooting hundreds of wolves for what reason? Its always the everyone should get along. But it seems like its only if you do what the ranchers want. Wolves and buffalo deserve to live on the land.There is no excuse for killing mothers and pups under any reason. Kaw-in ke-taw-gawsh-ke-tose tchi-gaw-ke-so-taw-wod mau-nito, You cannot hide it from the Creator. Margo Seven Oakes 

Yellowstone Park Wolf Related News
7 years ago
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This information is provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

General Wolf Information

Wildlife Service concluded attempts to trap and radio collar a wolf in the Red Lodge, MT area. A pack has been reported there for 2 years now and a couple of calves were killed by wolves earlier this spring/summer. Wolves were seen on a couple of occasions but none were captured. Most calves have been shipped. Baiting/snaring/radio-collaring maybe tried here and in the area just southeast of Livingston, MT where 2 wolves were videoed stalking a horse, if conditions permit later this winter.

Snow tracking in Wyoming indicates that the Absaroka pack has 8-10 members and 4 pups. The Beartooth Pack has 5-7 members including pups, and they appear mange-free. However, the former alpha male #164, still apparently has bad case of mange.

Fontaine recovered the carcass of a gray female pup from the highway right-of-way about 4 miles north of Avon on the 21st. The carcass was found by some local ranchers who were moving livestock on the 18th. She was probably from the Halfway pack. We thank the ranchers and local Forest Service biologist for reporting the road-kill. Another wolf was reportedly killed on Highway 200 near Bonner on the 23rd and the next day a live wolf was reportedly seen in the same area.

On a flight on the 21st, Fontaine located a missing former Wildhorse wolf [SE of Stanley in central ID] near Drummond, MT. Local ranchers said they’ve seen wolf sign in the area for at least the past year but haven’t had any problems. It could be part of a pack since we have had reports of multiple wolves near here this summer.


A ewe was killed by a wolf in the Ninemile Valley at the same place that has had several previous sheep losses. No control is planned at this time. The elk/deer rifle hunting season in MT starts 27 Oct and this area has been opened for either-sex white-tailed deer. The abundant supply of deer remains usually provides enough of a supplemental food source to reduce depredations.

Three ewes were killed on private land near Dillon, MT on the 22nd. The only radioed-collared wolf in the area was located nearby, but at least 2 other wolves, including a gray one, have been reported. Lethal control and a shoot-on-site permit were re-authorized. On the 24th, the radioed female and her pup (both black) were shot by WS. Agency control is completed unless further depredations are reported but the landowner still has a shoot-on-site permit that will remain active until 06 December.