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Study: Wyoming wolves getting bad rap for elk decline

Stress from wolves may not be the reason behind a declining elk population near Cody, according to a study published today. The conclusion stands in contrast to previous research, which held that increased stress from wolves was behind a drop in the number of elk in the Yellowstone area.

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Outfitter who killed wolf disputes baiting claim

Outfitter who killed wolf disputes baiting claim

BOZEMAN — An outfitter who killed a wolf after several of his sheep were killed is disputing claims that he baited the wolf by leaving the sheep carcasses in a pile.

May 09, 2013 9:11 pm Photos

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Activists say wolf-killer is baiting the animals

BOZEMAN — A big game outfitter who shot and killed a collared wolf from Yellowstone National Park is intentionally luring the animals by leaving dead sheep carcasses in a pile, leaders of a wolf advocacy group said.

May 08, 2013 7:50 pmLoading…
Northern park elk population still dropping

Northern park elk population still dropping

Yellowstone National Park’s abundant carnivore population has meant a continued decline in the northern Yellowstone elk herd, according to a Feb. 18 aerial survey by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the National Park Service.

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YNP biologists struggle to maintain wolf research

YNP biologists struggle to maintain wolf research

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Yellowstone National Park has lost a record number of wolves to this year's hunting season, and that's left scientists scrambling to keep years of research alive.

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Major Yellowstone elk herd keeps declining

Major Yellowstone elk herd keeps declining

A major elk herd that migrates between Yellowstone National Park and Montana suffered another steep decline last year due to a hard winter, predator attacks and hunting, state and federal scientists said Tuesday.

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Hungry interior Yellowstone pack moves north

Hungry interior Yellowstone pack moves north

Usually content to stay in Yellowstone National Park’s remote Pelican Valley, where they specialize in killing bison, Mollie’s wolf pack has migrated more than 20 miles to the Lamar Valley this winter, probably in search of food, and killing other park wolves along the way.

January 08, 2012 12:10 am Photos

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Single file

Single file

Two members of Mollie’s pack walk single file during a trip in Yellowstone’s interior this winter.

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Shadowed walkers

Shadowed walkers

Mollie’s pack moves across a wind-blown landscape in Yellowstone National Park’s interior.

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Snow trek

Snow trek

Members of Mollie’s pack trudges through snow in Yellowstone National Park in early December. The pack, the largest in the park, has moved out of its traditional Pelican Valley this winter and relocated to the area of Specimen Ridge.

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Yellowstone says hunt changes protect park wolves

Yellowstone says hunt changes protect park wolves

Wolf hunting restrictions in portions of Montana bordering Yellowstone National Park are protecting the park's animals from a repeat of a previous hunt when almost half the members of a well-known pack were killed, federal and state officials said Wednesday.

January 04, 2012 1:22 pmLoading…
Doug Smith

Doug Smith

Doug Smith, senior wildlife biologist in Yellowstone National Park and head of the Yellowstone Wolf Project, checks in on members of his observation crew near Blacktail Deer Plateau on Monday morning.

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Yellowstone Wolf Project studies dance of predator, prey

Yellowstone Wolf Project studies dance of predator, prey

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- A waning moon hangs low in the morning sky as park biologists Doug Smith and Daniel Stahler pack their gear for another day in the field.

December 14, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Biologists to study Yellowstone's raptor population

Biologists to study Yellowstone's raptor population

CODY, Wyo. — Researchers will turn their eyes to the treetops in Yellowstone National Park this spring, looking to establish a baseline count for the park’s raptor population and follow any changes for years to come.

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Park’s wolves eluding researchers

Park’s wolves eluding researchers

A lack of snow, inclement weather and bad timing has hampered the Yellowstone Wolf Project’s attempts to dart and collar animals this winter.

March 04, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Doug Smith

Doug Smith

Doug Smith, Yellowstone National Park’s wolf biologist, carries a wolf during the mammal’s transplant to the park in 1995.

January 07, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

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