Nowhere in the Lower 48 is there more abundant wildlife than in the greater Yellowstone region. Yellowstone National Park is home to the largest concentration of large and small mammals, and most of the species in the park also inhabit regions of Grand Teton National Park and the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.
Wolves are causing a trophic cascade of ecological change, including helping to increase beaver populations and bring back aspen, and vegetation.
Yellowstone wolves pick their prey depending on wolf pack size. Small packs attack elk. Larger packs attack bison.
Wolf 832AF (AKA "06" - for the year she was born) was the Alpha Female of the Lamar Canyon Pack killed on Dec 6, 2012 as part of Wyoming's wolf hunt.
Ecotourism in Yellowstone has increased since gray wolves were reintroduced to the ecosystem, boosting local economies by an estimated $5 million per year.
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Yellowstone elk populations have dramatically risen and fallen in recent decades, but researchers are arguing over the relative impact of wolf predation on elk populations.
A flood of science is emerging from research focused on the impact that wolves have on a host of other species, especially elk and coyotes.
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