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Wolves at Yellowstone

The grey wolf was reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995.

The chronological history of wolf reintroduction at Yellowstone dates back to 1700 and involves frontier settlements and farming conflicts.

In early rural America, the wolf once roamed freely. But eventually the wolf was hunted, trapped and almost extinguished from many parts of the world due to unjustifiable fear and strange folk lore.

Though harmless to man, the wolf has a bad reputation among cattle ranchers for killing livestock, which led to thousands of governmental wolf extermination efforts.

After being placed on the Endangered Species List and almost vitrually eliminated from America, the federal government began wolf recovery. Under the presidency of Richard Nixon, the Endangered Species Act of 1973 went into affect and the process of wolf reintroduction began.

The Yellowstone Wolf Report Page provides current wolf pack biographies with detailed map locations of each pack, sightings, and the latest wolf news. Wolves on the Web has general information about wolves.

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