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Wolves

American Wolf

Oct 4, 2017

“Gripping and fascinating! Wolf versus wolf, wolf versus man, man versus man.” 

Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale and Hag-Seed (via Twitter)

American Wolf is the intimate, involving story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the fabled Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her. In the book, Blakeslee delves into the complex debate over wolves in Yellowstone. This debate, between pro- and anti-wolf forces, serves as a window into the larger clash of cultures in the West—and indeed, the rest of the country. This is so much more than a story of wolves raising their litters and caring for each other, although readers will get a crash course in the fascinating behavior of wolves. It is a story–with O-Six at the epicenter–of politics, lawyers, the environment, ecology, love, fear, loss and more.

Livestock carcass composting site outside Wisdom, MT.
Courtesy of the Big Hole Watershed Committee

Livestock death is part of ranching. At some point, ranchers have to deal with dead animals, from things like difficult births, disease, and weather extremes. And in southwest Montana, those dead animals can also attract unwelcome visitors — wolves and black bears looking for an easy meal.

Montana Wildlife Officials Plan To Change The Way They Count Wolves

Jun 7, 2017
The new counting model uses hunter sightings to help map areas occupied by wolves
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (CC-BY-2)

Montana wildlife officials say the way they count wolves is too expensive and falls far short of an actual population estimate, so they plan to switch to a model that uses information gathered from hunters. Conservationists say they want to learn more about the new plan.

One of the Yellowstone National Park's best-known wolves had to be put down after being found injured.
Neal Herbert/NPS

Yellowstone National Park has increased the reward for information about the shooting of one of the park’s most well-known wolves. This more than a month after offering an initial reward.

2015 photo of the female wolf from Yellowstone's Canyon pack. The wolf was found mortally wounded from a gunshot on April 11 near Gardiner, MT.
Jim Peaco - Yellowstone National Park (PD)

The investigation continues into the shooting of a wolf that was popular with Yellowstone National Park tourists.

Yellowstone spokeswoman Morgan Warthin says hikers discovered the mortally wounded wolf on April 11:

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