25 Years Ago, Wolves Were Re-Introduced To Wyoming In A Controversial Move That Affects The State Today

When Yellowstone National Park was founded in 1878, gray wolves were part of the unique ecosystem that attracted visitors and nature lovers from all over the country. Despite the creation of the park, wolves were still subject to government predator control programs, and in 1926, the last wolves of Yellowstone were hunted and killed. By the 1940s, wolves had been effectively eliminated from the lower 48 states thanks to efforts by ranchers, farmers, and the federal government. When the Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973, conservationists began a campaign to bring wild wolves back to northwestern Wyoming.

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You can learn more about the wolves of Yellowstone National Park on their Gray Wolf website, here.

Address: Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA