A high-tech method for detecting disease in domestic cattle is helping researchers in Yellowstone National Park learn more about how sarcoptic mange affects gray wolf survival and behavior during the park’s long, cold winters.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Twenty years after their ancestors were released here in one of the most controversial wildlife projects of the century, wolf howls punctuated the cold winter air on Monday to the delight of dozens of wolf watchers.
In January of 1995, the U.S. Department of the Interior introduced gray wolves into Yellowstone National Park in an effort to establish a population of wolves in what was once the animal's native habitat.
Orion Stone looks through a spotting scope at the Prospect Peak wolf pack with assistance from Kirsty Peake, a veteran wolf watcher. Orion’s mother, Suzanne Stone, in the back, is a veteran wolf advocate in Idaho.
As the Yellowstone Wolf Project biologist Doug Smith, at right, has participated in continuing studies of the park’s wolves since he joined the project in 1994.
Carter Niemeyer was involved in trapping Canadian wolves for transplantation in Wyoming and Idaho when he worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1995 and 1996.
Kirsty Peake, of Dartmoor National Park in the United Kingdom, is an animal behaviorist who has learned lessons about how humans treat their dogs by watching wolves in Yellowstone National Park. She said domestic dogs don’t understand rank and pinning like wolves do.
Wolf populations in Yellowstone National Park have stabilized to around 100 wolves after climbing dramatically following reintroduction.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — For six months every two years, Kirsty Peake and her husband move from the United Kingdom to Montana for one reason: to spend the winter watching wolves.
Wolf advocates, former and current park officials along with a Blackfeet spiritual leader gathered at Yellowstone National Park's North Entrance on Monday to mark the 20th anniversary of wolf reintroduction to the park.
In 1995, the U.S. Department of the Interior introduced Canadian gray wolves into Yellowstone National Park in an attempt to restore the animal's populations in the area. The move was, and remains, controversial. Twenty years later, about 130 wolves in 11 packs inhabit the park, with about 1…
Jimmy St. Goddard, a spiritual chief for the Blackfeet Tribe, talks as individuals involved in wolf reintroduction and management listen behind him. From left to right are Dan Stahler, Yellowstone biologist; Nathan Varley, former field biologist volunteer; Doug Smith, Wolf Project biologist;…
Wolf watchers line the side of the road near Tower Junction on Monday to watch the nearby Junction Butte and Prospect Peak packs interact.
The return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park and parts of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana is either one of the greatest environmental success stories or an ecological disaster depending on a person's political persuasion.
MINNEAPOLIS — Several members of Congress are preparing legislation to take gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming off the endangered list in an attempt to undo court decisions that have blocked the states from allowing wolf hunting and trapping for sport and predator control.
A troubling number of black bears were killed by federal and Utah wildlife managers in 2014 after they destroyed crops, feasted on livestock or threatened people.
Most of the time, wolf researcher Dan MacNulty can tell the difference between the apex predators and coyotes.
TROUT CREEK — One of the organizers of the first Great Montana Coyote and Wolf Hunt in Sanders County says the event — scheduled for Jan. 16-18 — took shape after local hunters noted a lack of big game in the mountains this hunting season.
DILLON — Beaverhead County authorities are searching for a father and son who were hunting wolves and have not been seen since Saturday morning, Beaverhead County Sheriff Jay Hansen said.
A deer mount is seen Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, on the Diamond G Ranch outside Dubois. (Ryan Dorgan, Star-Tribune)