The latest issue of "Yellowstone Science" magazine celebrates wolf restoration and many of the scientific research projects and findings on wolves of Yellowstone since reintroduction more than 20 years ago.
“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 P.J. White, Wildlife & Aquatic Resources Branch chief for the Yellowstone Center for Resources.
Dozens of collaborators contributed to the issue which 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 the issue of value to anyone interested in learning about wolves and their influence on Yellowstone National Park.
The publication is produced by Yellowstone National Park with support from the Yellowstone Association and the Yellowstone Park Foundation. The issue is being mailed to subscribers and is available online (content and a free PDF download of the complete issue) at nps.gov/yellowstonescience.
Subscription information is available at nps.gov/yellowstonescience. Due to the cost of printing, readers are encouraged to consider a digital subscription.