Yellowstone's Waning Wolves

Wolf numbers decrease in national park for 2008

Yellowstone’s wolf population dropped by over a quarter last year, from 171 in 2007 to 124 in 2008. While wildlife officials say the decline isn’t unusual, they are investigating for potential causes like disease or wolf-on-wolf killings.

Conservation groups are more concerned that the 27-percent population drop could spell eventual trouble for Yellowstone’s wolves, which remain a marquee attraction and a popular symbol for America’s national parks.

To see more controversy surrounding wolves—this time in Alaska—check out BACKPACKER’s “Dogs of War.”

—Ted Alvarez

Wolf numbers decline in Yellowstone in ’08 (Salt Lake Tribune)